Storage: Refrigerate the roots in a plastic bag.
Uses: Baked, Boiled or Steamed. Use turnips any way you would use a potato, and then some. Try them baked or boiled in stews, soups, and stir-fries, or lightly steamed with some butter, salt or lemon juice for flavor. They can be shredded or mashed too. They hold up diced in soups/stews better than potato.
Would you like to use turnips and greens in the same recipe that is not a stirfry? Try Turnip Burgers! This recipe is a big hit with kids and adults alike. If you need to hide your veggies from suspecting family members –this recipe is for you. I like to cook them in my electric skillet so I can feed my whole army at once. I have made them without the greens and substituted oats for the rice with good results. The recipe is for Hakurei Salad Turnip, however, I see no reason regular turnips would be any different in this recipe. If you get the hang of this one you can use the basics for a variety of different veggies.
Spiced Turnips & Apples 2 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp Oil ½ tsp black or yellow mustard seeds ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp pepper 3 medium turnips, peeled and diced ½ tsp salt 2 apples, peeled and diced In a large skillet, heat the butter, oil, mustard seeds, cinnamon, and pepper over medium-low heat. Add the turnips, sprinkle with the salt and toss to coat. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring until the turnips take on some color. Add the apples and cook for 2 minutes. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until the turnips are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Source: The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook
I made a similar recipe shredding the turnip and thinly slicing the apples – this one seems just as yummy.
Turnip Greens: – A special treat and a super boost of nutrition – to retain optimal nutrition do not overcook your greens. Follow the link to read about all of the benefits.
Recommendations from World’s Healthiest Foods (WHFOODS.org)
“The Nutrient-Rich Way of Cooking Turnip Greens
We recommend Quick Steaming turnip greens for maximum nutrition and flavor. Quick Steaming—similar to Healthy Sauté and Quick Boiling, our other recommended cooking methods—follows three basic cooking guidelines that are generally associated with food science research with improved nutrient retention. These three guidelines are (1) minimal necessary heat exposure; (2) minimal necessary cooking duration; (3) minimal necessary food surface contact with cooking liquid.
To Quick Steam turnip greens, fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of water. While waiting for the water to come to a rapid boil, chop greens. Steam for 5 minutes and toss with our Mediterranean Dressing, which includes 1 TBS lemon juice, 1 medium clove garlic (pressed or chopped), 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil salt, and black pepper to taste. Top with your favorite optional ingredients.”