Turnips are a root vegetable available year-round, but are best in the fall. Bite into the fleshy white-purple bulb of a turnip for a slight bite or feast on the hearty leafy greens.
We are fortunate to receive turnips from our local farm partners in the greater New England area. You might see any one of these colorful beauties in your bin. They may be used interchangeably in our recipes. Turnips are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Store root veggies in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
Purple top turnips
The crisp white inner flesh has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. Flavor of the root and greens becomes more mild when cooked.
They have sweet, crisp, white flesh with occasional splashes of red. The outer part of the turnip tastes a bit like a red radish while the inside is sweet like an early turnip. Best eaten raw in salads!
We suggest throwing sliced hakurei turnips into a stir-fry as a flavorful substitute for water chestnuts or try them in Stir Fried Hakurei Turnips and Greens with Shitakes and Soba Noodles. And as you might imagine, these turnips make wicked good pickles. There’s no need to peel the Hakurei, simply trim the ends and wash them under cold water. The green tops do need a more thorough washing.