Asian Turnips are a member of the cabbage family. They are different from the thick-skinned turnip and are more similar to a mild radish. The turnip itself is very white and smooth, and the greens are dark green and also edible.Asian turnips are high in vitamins A and C, and also calcium and other minerals.
Storing / Preserving:
To best store turnips, separate the leaves from the roots and store separately. Wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, then put in a perforated plastic bag or the refridgerator bags available for sale to store greens. They will keep for about a week. For the turnips, again, store in a plastic bag in the refridgerator or cool spot in the basement. These will keep for several weeks.
Preparation / Use Suggestions:
Because they are so young, can be eaten raw, like a radish. They can also be steamed, boiled or roasted. The greens are also really great, and must be used too. Use them in recipes that call for Swiss chard or spinach.
For a great snack, steam the turnips for about 5 minutes and then dip them in a sauce of a few tablespoons soy sauce, mixed with a tablespoon of hoisin sauce and chopped fresh chives or scallions.