Turnip For What?

If you belong to a local CSA, or shopped the final week or two of the Downtown Farmers’ Market, you probably are well-stocked with late-season root vegetables.  For us this fall, we seem to be almost over-stocked up with turnips in particular. Then, we realized, in the eight years that we’ve been writing on the AllSpice blog, we have yet to talk about this cheeky little vegetable. We’re correcting that oversight right now, and telling you all about turnips.

Lathe-rounded plant? The turnip (Brassica rapa) is a root vegetable that is grown all over the world for its white, fleshy taproot.  Want to go for the extra credit on the vocabulary exam? The taxonomy of the word turnip is a compound of tur- (as in turned/rounded on a lathe) and neep, derived from Latin napus, the word for the plant.

Tiny = tender. Smaller, more tender varieties of turnip are grown for people to eat, while larger turnip varieties are grown as livestock feed.