Fresh Red Turnips
Country Of Origin: Turkey
Red Turnips are available year-round.
These Red Turnips have a semi-sweet, peppery, and sharp flavour when raw. The intensity of the root will vary with variety and growing conditions, but Red radishes are generally sharp without an overly powerful spicy taste. Once cooked, the turnip’s flesh will soften and develop a mellow, peppery flavour. In addition to the roots, Red turnips leaves are also edible and have a pungent, green, and grassy taste. The soft and crisp leaves are attached to the roots through fibrous green stems and have a ruffled, textured surface with prominent veining and serrated edges.
Red turnips have a sharp, peppery flavour well suited for fresh and cooked preparations. The turnips are a versatile ingredient and can be sliced and displayed on vegetable platters, chopped and mixed into slaws, sliced thin and used as a topping over tacos, layered into sandwiches, or sprinkled into pasta and pizza. Red turnips can also be incorporated into spring rolls, sliced thinly and served with butter and salt, or used as a crunchy element on avocado toast. In addition to fresh preparations, Red turnips develop a savory-sweet, peppery flavor when cooked and can be roasted, braised, grilled, sautéed, or steamed.
The red turnips are a good source of fiber to regulate the digestive tract and vitamin C to strengthen the immune system while reducing inflammation. The roots also provide potassium to balance fluid levels within the body, calcium to protect bones and teeth, iron to develop the protein hemoglobin for oxygen transport through the bloodstream, and contain other nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, B vitamins, folate, vitamin K, copper, and zinc.