The Humble Turnip makes a Comeback

 

 

Swede & Turnip Seeds

 

A recent article in the Guardian would suggest that the humble turnip or (Neep / Stumshie) as it is known in Scotland is staging a comeback.

Commonly the Swede or yellow turnip (Rutabaga) is what we refer to as “turnip” but the true turnip is a smaller, white root vegetable.

Great at bulking out meals when combined with potato and in casseroles, but also good as an accompanying vegetable and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

One leading supermarket is claiming that sales in the last 12 months have risen by a whopping 75%.  They think that this is a reflection on the country’s economy, with more people buying cheaper fresh veg and preparing their own meals instead of buying ready meals.

Turnips have been a staple food since in Britain the middle ages, but our Elizabethan friend Baldrick, from the TV series Blackadder, was very partial to this humble vegetable which may have given it slightly notorious press.

 

jack O lantern (Wikipedia)

jack O lantern (Wikipedia)

Very popular at this time of year for making halloween Jack O lanterns 
For some great ideas for carving turnip and pumpkin lanterns with plenty of images go to the BBC Cumbria website

 

 

For some great turnip recipes visit Mr Neep

For those interested in the history of the turnip, Wikipedia has more