- Author: Katie (Cathryn) R Johnson
During December and the cooler months of the year, turnips are at their best. Experiencing cold temperatures while growing helps the roots stay mild in flavor, and in cool weather turnips can last for an extended time, meaning they are available during the winter when few other fresh vegetables still are. Different varieties of turnip roots come in different colors, including white, purple and white, or yellowish orange. The turnip tops or leaves are also a delicious cooking green, and can be prepared similarly to mustard greens or kale. Turnips are an excellent source of vitamin C, with one serving containing more than 40% of the daily recommended intake, and they also provide dietary fiber, vitamin B-6, and potassium. See below for turnip recipes ideas, or learn more about turnips and view their nutrition facts at the USDA's Seasonal Produce Guide.