Surprised by Turnips

Turnips (Brassica rapa)

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Turnips would probably not appear on the all-time favorite veggie list but for some reason I love them.  I’m not sure why I like them.  They’re kinda bitter and aren’t the prettiest girl at the party but I love to use them in anything I can.  I have slipped them into soups, chili, quiche, and casseroles.  I think I like them because they are the underdog of the root family.  Knowing this, I have decided to make sure Olivia likes them, too.  So far the foods that she has eaten have been rice cereal, carrots, and peas.  Today I gave her pureed turnips.  I was super surprised how good turnips taste pureed.  The bitterness is gone and they taste very fresh and light.  The texture is interesting too because it feels like you’re eating pureed pears but there is no sweetness at all.  So, if you’re hesitant to try turnips, perhaps you should start like O and try them first pureed.  I bet if you add a little butter and salt and pepper they are closer to tasting like mashed potatoes than mashed cauliflower which seems to be a popular substitute.  Oh, and by the way, O really liked them.  Thank God because I went a bit overboard and made a ton.

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