September 13, 2012

Veggie Fact of the Day

New Veggie#40 - Turnips
Turnips are a root vegetable belonging to the same family as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. They are a low calorie and rich source of Potassium and Vitamin C. It is a small white skinned bulbous root with the parts closest to the soil surface colored purple or red (due to sunlight). Mine look slightly brown after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days, but typically the skin is smooth and crisply white. The flesh on the interior is all white. Turnips greens are also eaten in some countries and they taste like mustard greens. The greens are also rich in Vitamins A, B9 (folic acid), C and K and also lutein. Turnips have been cultivated for over 4000 years and are believed to have originated in Central Asia. Even today, turnips hold a special place in Turkish and middle eastern recipes.

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