Turnips may not be very many peoples favorites but they offer a lot of vitamins and minerals, especially in their greens. Part of the Cruciferous family they are related to kale, cabbage, and broccoli. Turnips are often confused with Rutabagas since they look very similar however it is thought that the rutabaga is a hybrid between a turnip and a cabbage. Originating in the Near East they moved through Greece and Italy and eventually into all of Europe where they were widely grown and eaten. With the advent of the Potato they lost some of their popularity. Eventually they arrived in North America and were very popular in the South. The greens of the Turnip are the part that hold most of the nutrition and can actually offer detox support for our bodies. And since turnip greens have so much fiber they can help with digestion, which is always a nice thing. So whether you love them or you’re willing to give them a(nother) try here are some flavor affinities:
- sweet potatoes
- black-eyed peas
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