The Un-Turnip: The Japanese Salad Turnip

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Japanese salad turnips, also known as Hakurei turnips, are a white, delicately flavored variety of turnips. Hakurei are crisp and delicious raw. In texture and taste they resemble a mild radish. Best of all there is no need to peel or cook.

For salads, cut into thin half-moon slices, matchsticks, wedges, or grate. Hakureis cook quickly in stir-fries. Quite a few recipes combine Hakurei turnips with honey or other sweeteners. Epicurious.com has a nifty, quick recipe for Turnips that takes about 15 minutes to prepare and includes turnips, butter, and sugar…that’s all. One of our favorite ways to prepare Hakurei turnips is to roast with honey… Pan Roasted Hakurei Turnips.

And don’t forget the greens! Turnip greens are a southern favorite typically served with ham or other pork products like bacon, but beans are a great alternative. To prepare the turnips, wash thoroughly and thinly slice. Bring about ¾ cup vegetable or chicken stock to a simmer. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender about 7 minutes then add the turnip greens. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook about 7 minutes or until greens are very tender. Simple cook your meat separately from the turnips. Toss with cooked meat or beans. Season with salt and pepper.

Here are two recipes with all the details:
Greens and Beans with Rosemary and Thyme
Southern-Style Turnip Greens

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