My New Friend, the Turnip
I have a new favourite vegetable: the turnip.
The love affair began at this wedding on New Year’s Day.
There was a platter of raw vegetables during the cocktail hour that included sticks of raw turnip. YUM. I think I ate that whole section of the platter myself.
Fast forward a few days and I find myself at Farm Boy. There in the produce section I find a bag of prepared raw peeled and chopped turnip. It finds it’s way into my cart and I eat the whole thing within a few days.
I then realized that I had no idea what a raw whole turnip looked like exactly. In my head I was picturing a huge rutabaga that would be a pain to peel and prepare. But when I expressed my trepidation about cutting up a raw turnip, my mom looked at me strangely and said, “you just peel it like a radish”.
This week I found the turnips at the grocery store. They are smaller than I pictured. Peeling and chopping them was simple.
And of course, the turnip’s nutritional profile is lovely:
1 medium turnip (122g) has:
approximately 34 calories, 8 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 2 g fiber. It has about half your daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C.
This week, in addition to munching it raw, I may try to cook it. Turnip fries anyone?
So go out and get yourself some turnip and let me know what you think.