Turnips (Brassica rapa) are round red, white, or purple root vegetables with green leafy tops that are also edible.


Health Benefits of Turnips:
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
  • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Turnips, and may not necessarily be related to Turnips.

Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Turnips: Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Magnesium |

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Nutrition Facts
Turnips Raw
Serving Size 100g
Calories 28
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g0%
    Saturated Fat 0.011g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 67mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 6.43g2%
    Dietary Fiber 1.8g7%
    Sugar 3.8g~
Protein 0.9g~
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C35%
Calcium3%Iron2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 0IU0%
    Retinol equivalents 0μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 0μg~
    Beta-carotene 0μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 0μg~
Vitamin C 21mg35%
Vitamin E 0.03mg0%
Vitamin K 0.1μg0%
Vitamin B12 0μg0%
Thiamin 0.04mg3%
Riboflavin 0.03mg2%
Niacin 0.4mg2%
Pantothenic acid 0.2mg2%
Vitamin B6 0.09mg5%
Folate 15μg4%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 15μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 15μg~
Choline 11.1mg~
Lycopene 0μg~
Lutein+zeazanthin 0μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
Magnesium 11mg3%
Phosphorus 27mg3%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 191mg5%
Zinc 0.27mg2%
Copper 0.085mg4%
Manganese 0.134mg7%
Selenium 0.7μg1%
Water 91.87g~
Ash 0.7g~

Useful Stats
Percent of Daily Calorie Target
(2000 calories)
1.4%
Percent Water Composition 91.87%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.14g

How to choose Turnips: Look for vibrantly colored turnips with no signs of wilting or becoming soft. If the greens are attached, try make sure they are as crisp as possible and don't look wilted.

Climate and origin: It is not known where the turnip originated, however, records of its first cultivation are found in Greece and Europe and therefore it is assumed the turnip originated somewhere in Europe or Asia. A hardly plant that likes cold temperatures turnips will grow in cold temperate to subtropical climates. (Zones 3-9 in the U.S.)

Taste: Turnips have a bland but slightly pungent taste and a very crisp texture. The greens are often eaten cooked and have a sharp taste.

Similar tasting produce: Daikon, Rutabagas

Recipes using Turnips: Turnip Soup with Daikon





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