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

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.


Firm and heavy for their size
A violet bloom colour around stem that fades to creamy white near the root
Small to medium in size for delicate sweet taste and finer texture

Local BCfresh white turnips are available from mid-July through January. Imported product (Bestfresh) is available the remainder of year.turnips-availability

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.

Nutrition Information

Per 1 cup of raw Turnip
Energy 36 cal
Colesterol 0 g
Fat 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

Store at 32°F (0°C) with a relative humidity of 90-95 percent.
Store in a cool, well-ventilated area.


The first jack-o-lanterns were carved out of turnips. Only when the Irish tradition reached America did turnip carving evolve into pumpkin carving.

True Facts

Eating turnips can lower the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancers of the stomach, pancreas, bladder, and lung diseases.

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