Sunday, March 9, 2008

No.21: Turnip

Amazingly the turnip is used as a symbol in the shield of arms of the town of Keutschach am See, Austria!

1. The most common type of turnip is mostly white-skinned apart from the upper 1–6 centimeters, which protrude above the ground and are purple, red, or greenish wherever sunlight has fallen.

2. Turnip leaves are sometimes eaten & resemble mustard greens.

3. You can eat the turnip raw if it is young, large ones have a strong flavor. To reduce this flavor, boil them for 5 minutes.

4. In Turkey, particularly near Adana, turnips are used to flavor 'salgam', a juice made from purple carrots and spices served ice cold.

5. Throughout Britain and Ireland, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnip before pumpkins came along!

Reference: Wikipedia, Turnip

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