❁ Choose turnips that are smooth skinned without cuts or soft spots. They should be firm and heavy for their size.
❁ Turnips are sweetest and have the best texture when they are small to medium sized (2 to 3 inches across). As turnips age the flavor gets spicier or bitter and the texture becomes tough and woody.
❁ If greens are still attached, they should be deep green and crisp – not yellowed or wilted.
❁ Fresh turnips are available year round but peak season is October through March.
❁ Turnips are sometimes available frozen.