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Turnip

A favourite of Peter Rabbit, they can be a little harder to convince kids of, but there are a multitude of ways to serve it that can change up the taste completely! Raw turnips grated into a slaw or salad will be a completely different flavour to ones roasted and seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon juice, or mashed with sweet potatoes and butter. They are cheap and easily found, and can add depth of flavour to root veg mixes in soups, stews or mash, bringing balance to some of the sweeter root veggies.
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Understanding Veg

Turnips have a strong flavour and distinctive purple-white colouring. Large turnips were once used to carve Jack-O-Lanterns prior to the pumpkin.

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Nutrition

The bulb part of turnips is a source of vitamin C to support our immune system with the green parts containing folate, calcium and vitamin E.

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Shopping Guide

Try to pick up turnips that feel heavy for their size and are on the smaller side as these are typically sweeter.

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Serving Suggestions

Raw turnips grated into a slaw or salad will be a completely different flavour to ones roasted and seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon juice, or mashed with sweet potatoes and butter.

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Storage

Store your turnips in a cool area, this could be your fridge. Put them in a container and ensure the lid is left slightly open to allow for airflow or put them in a perforated bag which will keep good moisture levels. 

At Its Best:

October - February

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Engage

Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with turnips:

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Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
 
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
 

Sausage and Mash

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Roast

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Shepherd’s Pie

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Stew

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If You Like Turnip…Try

Does your child enjoy turnips? That’s great! Turnips are usually soft and fairly bitter, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!

The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.

The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.

But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.

Here are some of our favourite ideas:

Design a menu

Come up with a silly name or story for a dish

Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks

Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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