Hakurei Salad Turnips

Hakurei turnips
Hakurei turnips

Hakurei turnips are a Japanese salad turnip.  They are sweet and much softer than a regular turnip, and rarely need to be peeled; just wash and trim the root ends.  The leaves are also edible but should be eaten within 1-2 days.  Wrapped tightly in plastic, the turnips can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

The Hakurei can be used in stir-fries, grilled with other veggies on shish kabobs, or simply braised in a saucepan with some butter, water, cooked until just tender, and seasoned with salt and pepper.  Eaten raw, they can be sliced, julienned or grated and added to other vegetables in your salad.

They are high in fiber and Vitamins A, C, and K, and are a good source of folate and calcium.

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