Vegetable Spotlight: Turnips

Each week this summer, we are spotlighting a vegetable and sharing some recipes from Pinterest that we hope will inspire you to either try the food for the first time or prepare it in a fun new way.

Today’s spotlight vegetable is TURNIPS.

The turnip or white turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock.

The most common type of turnip is mostly white-skinned apart from the upper 1–6 centimeters, which protrude above the ground and are purple, red, or greenish wherever sunlight has fallen. The interior flesh is entirely white. Turnip leaves are sometimes eaten as “turnip greens”, and they resemble mustard greens in flavor. Turnip greens are a common side dish in southeastern US cooking, primarily during late fall and winter.

The turnip’s root is high in vitamin C. The green leaves of the turnip top (“turnip greens”) are a good source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium.

We’ve added 7 turnip recipes to our Vegetable Spotlight board on Pinterest. Click “See on Pinterest” below to go straight there.

Follow Cincinnati Children’s’s board Vegetable Spotlight on Pinterest.

You can also link directly to each recipe:

Turnip Griddle Cakes from One Perfect Bite

Root Vegetable Saute from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Chop Chop Salad from Young on Raw Food

Favorite Turnip Greens from Southern Living

Glazed Turnips from Creole Contessa

Creamy Turnip Soup with Sage from Our Seasonal Table

Oven Roasted Turnips from Momstown

Please let us know in comments if you have a  turnip recipe to share and/or if you try one of these!

Kate Setter

About the Author: Kate Setter

Kate manages social media at Cincinnati Children's, a role that she loves because it gives her opportunities to help families find stories and pediatric health information that they want and need. Kate is the mother of a four year-old and a toddler, you will probably hear about them and their antics from time to time as well.

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