My New Friend, the Turnip

February 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm 7 comments

I have a new favourite vegetable: the turnip.

The love affair began at this wedding on New Year’s Day.

Privacy for all but the cute baby, the newlyweds and moi

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.

Last night I added turnip to my taco salad for crunch instead of a tortilla; this isn't my salad

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.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jenn Beyak  |  February 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Ok Liisa,
    I can’t believe you didn’t know what a turnip looked like. Glad you have made this enlightening discovery about this humble root vegetable : )

    • 2. fitforakid  |  February 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Jenn, turnips have truly not been a part of my diet. I am happy to have discovered them.

  • 3. fitforakid  |  February 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    This morning I am wondering what my life has come to if I am writing blog posts about turnips.

  • 4. Jenn Beyak  |  February 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I am wondering about your current mental state as well : )

    i’ll be staying tuned for the parsnip revelations!!

    • 5. fitforakid  |  February 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Oh parsnips! I do love parsnips. But they are old news for me.

  • 6. Alicia  |  February 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Haha I had the same experience with parsnips! When little E was starting solids (and I was making all his food) I was determined to introduce him to every vegetable. The first time I made pureed parsnips I was in love and couldn’t believe I had gone this long in like with out it!
    I’ve roasted turnips with other veggies, but would love to hear how the fries turn out!

  • 7. mostlyfitmom  |  February 10, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I haven’t had turnips in, uh, 20 years? Did not enjoy the experience the first couple of times, but maybe it’s time to try again. I didn’t even know you could eat them raw!


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