Turnips

Turnips

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Product Description

Turnips have been a longstanding staple food in many different cultures as it is a hardy vegetable, which is easily stored and can be grown in many types of soil.  Also, its history can be traced to just before 15th century BC.  This veggie comes in multiple varieties of which the Vegetable Ranch LLC currently grows three: the salad turnip, the purple top turnip and the yellow top turnip.  Though most widely used and stored as a root vegetable there are a number of way in which one can enjoy the greens, which also hold additional health benefits.  Turnips are also examples of vegetable, which can be prepared using multiple cooking methods.  For example they can be boiled, baked, braised or steamed.

 

Health Benefits

Turnips provide a useful source of fiber as well as vitamin C, calcium and potassium all the while being low in calories.  Due to some of the cleansing effects of the fiber in this vegetable it may cause gas in some people, however it has also been shown to absorb LDL or bad cholesterol.  The turnip tops or greens additionally have beta-carotene in them, which is an excellent antioxidant.  For those who suffer from hypothyroidism, it is best to not eat a great deal of raw turnips as they contain progoitrin and gluconasturtin.  The cooking process degrades these two compounds and so they are no longer an issue for those with hypothyroidism.

Recipes

TURNIP AND CHIVE SALAD

This was featured as the “Receipt of the Week” with free samples at Farmers Market in Concord on 06/07/14

• 2 Lbs. Boil, cooled and diced Vegetable Ranch turnips
• 1/3 c. Mayo or Vegenaise
• 1/4 c. chopped Vegetable Ranch chives
• 3 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 minced garlic clove
• Dash of sugar

1.) Boil turnips of similar size (may cut to size) in a pot of water, similar to boiling potatoes. Drain and allow to cool.
2.) Combine chopped chives, minced garlic, lemon juice, mayo, and cooled diced turnips in a large mixing bowl.
3.) Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste
4.) Serve chilled as a stand alone side salad or over lettuce.