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What To Do With a Turnip?

January 25th, 2012

I found these lovely turnips at Local Roots in Wooster, OH last week and snatched them up. I’ve never grown them and have only had them in my kitchen once before. As I strive to learn more about winter gardening and growing vegetables that don’t require canning or preparation for storage, I find myself turning to root vegetables like the turnip. Purchasing from local farmers before growing them yourself is a great way to test them out to make sure you like them; you also know if they grow well in your area if the farmers are selling them. Although I’m thinking even if I don’t love them, they’ll be growing in my garden in the future because they’re such a versatile and useful winter vegetable!

According to what I’ve read in my on-line searches, There are many different way to prepare turnips, but I’m not sure which methods I should try. I figured the best place to ask for advice is here. These three large turnips should give me enough to try three different recipes. What do you recommend?

So what is the best way to eat a turnip? Have you ever grown turnips in your garden?

67 Comments to “What To Do With a Turnip?”
  1. DebbieR on January 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love them in root veggies soups. I saute them with parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and olive oil in a large pot (sometimes with bacon instead of oil- double yum!). When they are starting to caramelize, I add in broth or even just water and bring it all to a boil until everything is tender. The caramalization from veggies mixed with the grease (bacon or oil) makes a lovely broth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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