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Feb 22, 2011 10:50 AM

Where can I find Tokyo turnips?

I recently had the duck with Tokyo turnips at Apiary, and I fell in LOVE with these little guys and I'd love to cook them myself. I know I'll probably have better luck at farmers markets in the spring, but by any chance, does anyone know if they're available anywhere nearby right now?

If not, but you've seen them at farmers markets, can you tell me at which farmers market you saw them?

I'm crazy excited!

60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Union Square Greenmarket is probably your best bet. I've not been recently, I would try Norwich, Lani's Farm or Bodhitree first, maybe Paffenroth. Even if they don't have them, ask if/when they might. Sometimes the information booth is helpful, too. Or ask them on Twitter.

    Union Square Greenmarket
    Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, Kathryn! I haven't made it out to Union Square Greenmarket yet since I moved here -- a friend tells me that it's not much fun in the winter. But based on that blog, it sounds like there's plenty I'd be excited about! Thanks again.

      Union Square Greenmarket
      Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: ineemeeny

        i totally disagree with your friend--the meat and dairy vendors are all around, there are great apples, pears and root vegetables. and if tokyo turnips are the same thing as japanese turnips (small, white, thin skinned) paffenroth and migliorelli should have great ones.

        1. re: rose water

          You're right - I looked at the vendor list for February, and it looks like there's still plenty going on! I'm aiming to go next week, and I'll report back. Hopefully I will have found my precious Tokyo turnips! Thanks everyone.

    2. If you are talking about Kabu, then you can get it at any of the Japanese grocery stores- sunrise, jas mart, katagiri etc.....

      Sunrise Mart
      4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

      224 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022

      JAS Mart
      35 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: AdamD

        I just did a search for kabu and tokyo turnips, and it sounds like they could be the same thing, though I'm not sure. Does kabu taste kind of buttery? If I could find these at Sunrise, that would be fantastic!

        1. re: ineemeeny

          Well its a subtle turnip/radish taste with a softer, smoother texture than typical turnips or radishes.
          I just did a google search for the dish you mentioned, and I would guess they might be "baby" kabu with a butter glaze. But thats just a guess.

      2. I found them! Or, at least I think I have.

        My local farmers market (Wall & Water) came out with them for the first time today! They're beautiful! And I guess they're also called Japanese turnips.

        As soon as I got home, I tried them raw, sliced & sauteed in butter and also boiled & lightly seasoned, but it doesn't taste all that close to the ones I had at Apiary. I'm pretty sure these must be the ones I've been looking for; I just need to find out the best way to prepare them...