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What’s In Season – November – Turnip


  • Miso Glazed Turnip
  • Miso Paste – 13136
  • Butter – Range
  • Sugar (10KG) – 8903
  • Turnip – 2656


  • Spiced Turnip Hummus
  • Turnip – 2656
  • Tahini – 8269
  • Garlic – Range
  • Lemon Juice – 8892
  • Cumin – 8413
  • Cayenne Pepper – 8404

Despite their popularity across other parts of the world, turnips are often overlooked in modern kitchens across the UK, being used only as a filler ingredient for stews, casseroles and soups.

Being part of the mustard family, they have a sweet flavour with subtle peppery undertones that lends itself well to many dishes.

Find out more about the humble turnip, it’s origins, best methods of preparation and wonderful dishes you can use by utilising this root vegetable.

Origins Of Turnip

Evidence indicates that turnips were first cultivated in India as early as 15BC! They were a staple crop in Roman and Greek times and were also relied on as a food source during World War I and II when supplies of potatoes were depleted.

Being a hardy root vegetable that’s easy to grow all year round at a low cost, turnips have been used as livestock feed throughout history, it is this association that perhaps contributes to their low popularity in the UK.

Methods Of Preparing Turnip

As a root vegetable with lots of cracks, knobbles and crevices, you should ensure that turnips are washed thoroughly before cooking. The green stems should be cut off, these can be used as garnish or in salads. Peeling is commonplace, but not essential.

Roast – Roasted turnips make a great accompaniment to any meal, peel and quarter before drizzling with oil and cooking at 220c for 25 minutes or until soft.

Grill / BBQ – BBQing turnip takes just a few minutes dependent on the size of your slices, coat with oil before cooking to avoid charring.

Fry – Once sliced, turnips can be fried in a shallow pan with oil, the result is crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. They will take about 5 minutes to dry through dependent on the size of the slices.

When’s The Best Time to Buy Turnip?

Although turnips are available in supermarkets all year round, their season runs from June – February.

During the warmer summer months, you’ll find the smaller, sweeter varieties more readily available from markets and food suppliers, with the subtle and more mature varieties more readily available in the winter months.

English turnip growing in a field

Our Favourite Turnip Recipes

Root Vegetable Hash

This recipe is the perfect addition to any trendy brunch menu. What’s more, it’s quick, easy and cost effective to make:

  1. Dice onion, potato, turnip, carrot and celery.
  2. Fry off your onions with olive oil for 2-3 minutes in a deep frying pan.
  3. Add the rest of your chopped ingredients, fry off for 4-5 minutes then add water and cover.
  4. Reduce heat to low and leave to steam for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove the cover and make a well for eggs, cover once more and leave until eggs are perfectly cooked.
  6. Scatter over crumbled feta cheese and serve.

Vegetable hash recipe

Miso Glazed Turnip

Miso is a thick paste made from fermented soybeans, it has a very salty flavour. Turnip and miso is a really unique combination that will stand out as a side dish or as an accompaniment to pork belly, steak or other rich indulgent meat.

  1. Combine water, miso paste, butter and sugar in a frying pan, ensure all ingredients are submerged.
  2. Slowly bring to boil on a medium heat, stir ingredients occasionally.
  3. Cook until all water is evaporated (15 – 20 minutes).
  4. Once all the liquid has gone, increase the heat and toss occasionally until turnips are golden brown.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


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Spiced Turnip Hummus

Hummus is something that’s taken off in popularity in recent years. This recipe puts a twist on the classic recipe by incorporating turnip and spices with chickpeas:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200c and roughly chop peeled turnip.
  2. Glaze turnip with oil and season before oven baking for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. In a food processor, combine your turnips with olive oil, chickpeas, tahini, crushed garlic, lemon juice, cumin and cayenne pepper. Season to taste.
  4. That’s it! Serve with fresh vegetables or tortilla


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