I must admit, turnips were one of the most difficult vegetables for us to learn to cook with. However, we quickly learned to love them when we realized how many ways they can be used! They cook and taste just like other root vegetables. Turnips can be easily blended into mashed potatoes and cooked into soups or stews. Our favorite way to eat them is roasted.
Turnips are part of the brassica family, along with broccoli and kale. They are a purplish root vegetable with a sweet, nutty flavor when harvested smaller. Turnips can be grown and harvested both in the spring and fall. The flavor is similar to cabbage, but with the consistency of a starchy vegetable like potatoes. Larger turnips tend to taste a little bitter. Like other root vegetables, you can use the greens as well.