Many recipes will call for "1 cup of chopped turnips" or "1 cup of chopped turnip greens" but it is not always obvious to determine actually how many turnips are in a cup. In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many turnips you need to buy.
To answer How many turnips in a cup we went to the grocery store to check out the produce section. After surveying the vegetable selection we discovered that 1 pound of turnips is equal to 2 to 3 large or 4 to 6 small turnips. For sweet, tender turnips, we selected smaller roots; for our calculations we used one 3-inch turnip.
We found that it took 1.5 small turnips to obtain 1 cup of chopped turnips. When chopping turnip greens we only used the leafy part of 1 turnip to reach the 1 cup mark. One pound yields about 4 cups of raw chipped turnips; when cooked, you end up with about 2.5 cups.
Did you know that turnips are root vegetables that belong to the mustard family. The turnip has a sweet, peppery, radish-like taste; young bulbs have a milder taste and a crunchy, juicier texture. Especially popular in southern cuisines, turnip leaves taste like mustard greens and can be cooked and eaten like spinach or used in fresh salads. Some turnips have a blush of purple on top of their white bulbs; this only indicates where sunlight has warmed the turnip while growing.
Next time your recipe calls for a cup of chopped turnips or turnip greens, you'll know how many turnips to purchase at the store. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many turnips in a..." measurements you need.
For the best flavor, select turnips that are about 2 inches in diameter, and firm to touch with smooth unblemished skins.
If turnips are purchased with tops attached, remove prior to storing; do not store turnip greens with the turnip roots. Unwashed turnip roots will hold their flavor and freshness for about 2 weeks if stored in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Unwashed green turnip tops will keep for only 2 to 4 days in the crisper section of the refrigerator.
Peel and trim young, tender turnips. Cut to required size and blanch 3 minutes. Chill in iced water for 3 minutes, then drain and place on tray in a single layer. Freeze for 30 minutes. Once the turnips are frozen, transfer to freezer bags; remove air, label and seal. Turnips will keep for 6 months.
Turnips may also be fully cooked and mashed before freezing; store in airtight rigid containers leaving 1/2 inch of headspace.
Turnips are related to radishes and arugula, which are also members of the mustard family.
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