What Kind of Vegetable is a Turnip?

Turnips don’t have a very desirable reputation – not until recently anyway.  Most people of old think of this root vegetable as cattle food and therefore shouldn’t be consumed by humans.  How to cook turnips in acceptable ways also have not been discovered yet.


This kind of intimidating-looking cruciferous vegetable is the size of an apple and can be purple, white, red or sometimes, green.  Both the root and turnip greens can be eaten.

The turnip is a widely cultivated root vegetable around the world.  But it is said to have originated from Northern Europe in 2000BC.  However, some sources dispute that it may have an Asian or Mediterranean origin.

But regardless of where it really came from, yes, turnips have been around that long.

Depending on your preference, turnips may be boiled or mashed, roasted or fried.  But because turnips become woody as they mature, most people find baby turnips more juicy and tasty.  You can even eat it raw.

Turnips are rich in phytonutrients which aid in fighting off cancer-causing substances.  It is also a great source of Vitamins C, A, potassium, folate and calcium.

Being a hardy crop as it can withstand drought and keep well in cold temperatures, the turnip is a valuable food source in northern nations.