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Baby white turnips

thunderbug84 May 19, 2009 05:34 PM

I just bought some beautiful local baby white turnips. What is the best way to use them when they are so fresh and young? Also, can I use the greens in anything (fyi- i do have a juicer if the greens can be juiced). Thanks!

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    jeanmarieok RE: thunderbug84 May 19, 2009 05:54 PM

    are they the white japanese turnips? i worked at the farmer's market this weekend, and they said that the best way to eat them was raw and sliced thin.

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      thunderbug84 RE: jeanmarieok May 19, 2009 09:04 PM

      Looking at pictures online, it looks like they are the Japanese white turnips. They are pretty tiny. Most are golf ball sized or smaller.

    2. pitu RE: thunderbug84 May 19, 2009 07:41 PM

      sliced raw in salad, or tossed in butter s+p in a fry pan...yum
      I don't care for regular turnips, but the golf-ball-sized-and-smaller japanese ones are great
      I stir fry the greens, but I don't see why you couldn't juice them.

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        another_adam RE: thunderbug84 May 19, 2009 09:11 PM

        Yes, the greens are great pickled, stir-fried, or cooked in with other dishes! I usually pickle the turnips when they're new and fresh--my favorite is just a quick pickle (salt, let sit ~60mins, rinse, drain & press out some liquid), tossed with some citrus peel, mashed up pickled plum (umeboshi), or flavored vinegar, and maybe a dash of sugar or honey.

        A couple nice ideas for the greens can be found here:

        1. AnjLM RE: thunderbug84 May 23, 2009 05:05 PM

          I would pickle them!

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            thunderbug84 RE: AnjLM May 25, 2009 02:21 PM

            Thats exactly what I'm going to do!

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            soupkitten RE: thunderbug84 May 25, 2009 02:31 PM

            the white turnips are great raw or in salads-- can be used any way you'd use daikon or radishes. greens can be used blanched or sauteed or in salads

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