Turnip & Swede
Well, hello. Thanks for dropping by. We know we’re not the most popular vegetable today, but we used to be very popular in the past. Maybe it’s just a matter of fashion, but we’re sure that if you just give us another chance you’ll find out just how tasty we really are. Let me tell you more about us.
For a start we’re a root vegetable related to radishes and mustards. We have a cylindrical, carrot or top-shape, with a flat top and a root which tapers to a point. Our skin is almost smooth and can be green, or white with green or purple bands at the top. Our leaves can be eaten as a leafy vegetable. Our flesh colour is white or yellow with a delicious, tender and sweet flavour.
Did you know?
Why Turnips are Good to Eat
How Turnips are Grown and Harvested
Our swollen carrot-like taproot sits in the ground with just the top exposed to the light. Our green leaves, consisting of a main leaf stem with smaller leaflets, grows out of the top of our root.
We’re harvested by being pulled or dug from the ground, before being washed and graded for market.
How to Keep Turnips
Prime Growing Areas
In England we were recorded as being for sale in the 16th century. From England we came out with the First Fleet to Australia in 1787, being planted on Norfolk Island shortly after the colonists arrival in 1788. We were an important crop because of our rapid growth and the fact that we could be used as both human and stock feed.
Fun Ways to Eat and Cook Turnips
Boil, bake, microwave or stir-fry us until tender, about 6-10 minutes if chopped, 15-20 minutes if left whole. Serve us as a vegetable, stuffed or add us to casseroles, soups, souffles or mousse. Because we can absorb large quantities of fat we’re often served with fatty meat.
Try a couple of these simple recipes:
Turnip Tops with Bacon
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