English Name: Turnip
Common Indian Name (Hindi) : Shalgam
- The turnip or white turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapa) is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide.
- It is known for its white bulbous taproot. The root has a top-like appearance (Napiform Root). It is very broad at the base and tapers suddenly like a tail at the apex which is trimmed off before marketing. The leaves grow directly from the above-ground shoulder of the root, with little or no visible crown or neck.
- The interior flesh of turnip is entirely white.
- Both leaves and root have a pungent flavor similar to raw cabbage or radishes that becomes mild after cooking. Baby turnips are mild in flavor so they can be eaten raw in salads like radishes.
- Turnip is low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol and high in Vitamin C. It is high in Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Copper
- The green leaves of the turnip top ("turnip greens") are a good source of Vitamin A, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and calcium.