What is turnip

The turnip is a vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous family, it is a very nutritious food that has sulfur, mineral salts and vitamins among other elements. You can use it to make preparations in the kitchen and to treat different ailments that afflict your body.

This vegetable is used by a large number of people to treat different ailments and / or diseases such as general inflammations, toothaches, asthma, flu states with pulmonary complications, stomach bloating, body decay, cough, cold and bronchitis among other things.

Some varieties of turnip:

  • Turnip Mayo, is white in color and round in shape.
  • Turnip Base, is white and medium size.
  • Turnip Teltow, is white and small in size.
  • Turnip Stanis, it's purple.
  • Turnip Autumn, is red or green in color and medium in size.
  • Turnip Virtudes, is white and elongated.

What is turnip

big turnip

We talk about a vegetable belonging to the cruciferous family. It is also known as white radish or collard greens, among other names. Although it has many species, the most commercialized and known is the one with white skin. Emphasizing that the area that protrudes or upper area will always have a different color, similar to purple. This is because when it begins to rise on the earth, the sun is responsible for coloring it.

All those varieties smaller in size will always be destined for human consumption, while the leaves are used by livestock. It is said that the turnip was one of the foods consumed by ancient civilizations. Both the Romans and the Greeks considered it a delicacy. This spread over time, until the arrival of the potato, which appeared in Europe in the XNUMXth century.

Turnip types

types of turnip

Among the different types of turnip we have to highlight, the best known or the most used over the years:

  • The golden ball: It bears this name because of its shape, almost perfect, rounded and with a bright yellow color. It is one of the best known and also oldest.
  • White and purple: It is the most common. As we have mentioned, it is also a rounded shape in which we can highlight two different colors. White being one of the main ones for the base and purple for its surface.
  • Tokyo turnip: It has a smaller size than other types. Although it has a rounded shape, the upper one is flat. If eaten raw it has a sweet taste.
  • Snowball: White is the protagonist of this type of turnip. Again, it will have a sweet and very juicy flavor.
  • The white lady: With only 3 inches in diameter, it is another type that is well worth considering. Although it has the white color all over it, we highlight a much brighter and more beautiful upper part.
  • Milan Red: A variety that is more conducive to cold areas, since they tend to resist winter temperatures very well. They are reddish in color.
  • Siete Top: This variety is totally different, since here the leaves are the protagonists and edible. They have a high nutritional value and they will be perfect, in your daily dishes as a salad.
  • Hammer: In this case its shape will be more elongated and narrow. But its meat is still white and very tender.


Turnip properties

Turnip has a high percentage of vitamin C. With just 100 grams of this food, we will have about 21 mg of vitamin C and 20 calories. So it is essential if we are on a diet or if we want to maintain weight. But in addition to this, it should be mentioned that the leaves are rich in antioxidants, also highlighting other vitamins such as A or K.

Among the minerals we have to highlight calcium as well as iron or magnesium and copper. To give us a more concrete idea, following the 100 grams of this product, we will obtain 6 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. While sodium will be 67 mg and 5% calcium as well as 16% iron.


Turnip benefits

  • One of the benefits of turnip is its use in weight loss diets. Being low in calories and with a high fiber index, it is essential for it to be the protagonist in our healthiest dishes.
  • Improves digestion: Thanks also to fiber, helps digestions are better. Thus avoiding the problems of indigestion or gastritis, among others.
  • Take care of cardio-vascular health: As it contains a high index of vitamins, among which we highlight K, it will be perfect for taking care of the heart, avoiding its usual diseases.
  • Strong bones: Calcium is also present in the tuber. So knowing this, it will be suitable for protect bones, leaving aside diseases such as osteoporosis.
  • Healthy lungs: Thanks to vitamin A, this food will take care of the lungs, keeping them healthier, especially in smokers.
  • Anti-aging: Also will take care of the skin and it will prevent premature aging. If you have dry skin, this will be a great remedy to say goodbye.
  • Prevents cataracts: Eye health will also be in good hands.
  • Against asthma: This is because it has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to which the symptoms of this disease are fought.

How to cook turnip

It is true that when it comes to cooking the turnip it can be done in many ways. There are people who choose to take it raw and in salads. While others prefer baked or grilled.

  • You can do the sauteed turnip. To do this, we must clean and peel it, as well as cut it into small strips or pieces. With a little oil and finely chopped onion, we will add them to the pan. We will leave them for about 4 or 5 minutes and that's it. You can add a little salt or your favorite spices.
  • Grilled: In this case, we must cut larger pieces. We place them on the grill and sprinkle minced garlic as well as a little oil. Although we can also make a sauce and then add it to the turnips.
  • You can also chop them finely and add them to soups or creams, with an amazing result.
  • For salads, they also become essential. This is where many people choose to eat them raw and mixed with other ingredients that you like, because they will combine perfectly with all of them.
  • As a garnish for a meat dish, they will also stand out for their flavor and creativity.

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    It is very interesting
    saver of this food
    It helped me a lot for my diet heh

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