Turnips (Storage + Cooking Tips)

Turnips (Storage + Cooking Tips)

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Turnips have white skin and purplish top. It is sometimes called white turnip. To store turnips, first separate the greens from the bulbs. Store the greens separately in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, and do not wash until just before use. Store the roots in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a month or longer.

Don’t Forget the Greens

Several root crops also have edible greens. So when you remove the tops from your turnips, radishes, or beets, don’t toss them out! Store the greens wrapped in a damp towel or paper towel in an airtight container. They should be stored in your refrigerator. Why waste half of the harvest, right? Beet, turnip, and radish greens are all delicious added to soups or stir-fries, and smaller leaves are great added raw to salads.


Substitute for potatoes in almost any potato recipe

Turnip and Potato Pancakes

Turnip and Potato Soup

Roasted Turnips with Parmesan

Turnip and Sweet Potato Gratin

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

Roasted Turnips and Greens


To freeze turnips, first wash and slice to desired size. Blanch in boiling water for 2-4 minutes depending on size, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain and place in a freezer-safe, airtight container for storage.