Turnip - top tips
Monday, 19th November 2018 by Chen

Turnips are a native root - but one that many of us have lost the habit of eating. Let's hope these tips will help you learn to love the earthy bitterness of the purple-tinged beauties.

 

Prep

Turnips need a rinse and maybe a scrub before cooking. Peeling is a matter of taste - smaller ones are usually tender enough to eat whole.  

 

Greens

If they come with leaves, you can eat those too. They work well in soups, stews and stir-fries or try them in your favourite spinach, kale or collard greens recipe. 

 

Roast

Chop the turnips into chunks or leave whole if small. Drizzle with olive oil and mix around to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Roast the turnips at 200C until they're tender and beginning to brown, about 30-40 minutes. If you like, about halfway through cooking, add garlic cloves (lightly crushed to split them open) and herbs. 

 

Salad

Shred or finely slice and add to a slaw with - or instead of - cabbage.

 

Pretend they're a potato

You can cook them in most of the ways you would cook a potato: boiled, baked, mashed (we recommend butter and lots of pepper). Or add them to soups and stews. 

 

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