Turnips are one of the most underrated vegetables. A versatile and nutrient-dense root vegetable, the humble turnip can be incorporated to bolster many dishes and prepared in a variety of methods, mashed, fried, grilled etc. 


Turnips come in many shapes, colours, and sizes. In certain parts of the world, “turnips” are also referred to as rutabaga (swede), Jicama (yam bean/sweet turnip) or Daikon (Radish).

The common and widely available turnip in Australia is the Purple Top or Star Turnip.  Both are creamy white in colour with a lovely purple,  red or greenish upper part where the taproot has been exposed to sunlight. Like swedes, turnips are a root vegetable and a member of the mustard family (genus Brassicaceae).

Here are some of the varieties of turnips!

Health Benefits

Turnips are a cruciferous vegetable with multiple health benefits.

They boast an impressive nutritional profile, and their bioactive compounds, such as glucosinolates, may support blood sugar control, protect against harmful bacteria, and provide anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects.

Both the roots and greens can be eaten and are quite nutritious, making them a great addition to a healthy diet.

Storage & Cooking Tips

Recipe Cards

Links to some fabulous recipes

Expand your tastebuds and head to www.taste.com.au or www.delicious.com.au for amazing Turnip recipe ideas.