White turnips, or ‘Neeps’ as they are affectionately known, are smaller in size than rutabagas with a crisper texture and softer flavour. They are purple on the top and white on the bottom with white flesh.
White turnips were a dietary staple centuries ago and are only now regaining popularity for their subtle flavour which makes them preferable in many dishes. They are also low in calories for their size.
Local BCfresh white turnips are available from mid-July through January. Imported product (Bestfresh) is available the remainder of year.
White turnips are a low-calorie, high nutrient choice and an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre. One cup of white turnips contains almost as much potassium as a banana.
Energy 36 cal
Colesterol 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g
Sodium 87 mg
Source: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable nutrition Encyclopedia Fresh for Flavor Foundation 1991.
Soups and stews
Mashed with carrots or potatoes
Creamy ‘Neep hash
Raw, cut in 1/4” sticks or julienned
Boil, raw, blanch, steam, braise, sauté, bake, deep-fry, microwave