Turnip

Binomial name: Brassica napus

It belongs to the Cruciferae family. The stalk can measure from 50 to 60 cm height, and the form of the root can be rounded, flattened or cylindrical. The turnip can reach from 12 to 15 cm.

Origin: it is thought that the turnip is native to Europe and that it has around 4.000 years, although other theories affirm that it comes from Central Asia. For centuries, this vegetable was the basis of many European primitive tribes diet.

Medicinal values: cabbages and watercresses also belong to the cruciferae family. All of them contain powerful antioxidants (sulphur compound), that help to prevent illnesses. Vitamin C has a powerful antioxidant action and it takes part in collagen formation, bones teeth, and red corpuscles.

Caloric value per 100 g: 29 kcal

Varieties: the turnip has more than 3.000 different species, arising from the adaptation of this vegetable at different places around the world. It stands out, especially, the white turnip; ande the next one in importance is the yellow one.

Curiosities: before the farming of turnips began, their leaves and roots were consumed, a tendency that it has returned with strength.