Turnips have a strong flavour and distinctive purple-white colouring. Large turnips were once used to carve Jack-O-Lanterns prior to the pumpkin.
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.
Try to pick up turnips that feel heavy for their size and are on the smaller side as these are typically sweeter.
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.
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.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with turnips:
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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
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