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What is Japanese Turnip?
Japanese Turnips (kabu かぶ in Japanese), or sometimes called Tokyo Turnips, are pastel white variety of turnip. They have a mild, fresh taste, with hints of nutty, sweet, earthy flavors. These mini globe-shaped turnips can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. When cooked, Tokyo turnips are tender, buttery, slightly spicy and taste like a cross between a radish and a turnip. Aside from the roots, the bright green tops are edible and can be prepared just like any other greens.
How to Prepare and Cook with Japanese Turnips?
Where to find Japanese Turnips
Tokyo Turnips are becoming popular with local growers in the US in recent years, so you can definitely look out for them at your local farmer’s markets or co-ops. Whole Foods or other contemporary grocery stores may also carry these turnips as well.
Depending on the variety, you can find Tokyo turnip in spring or late summer/early fall. If you have a garden, you can try growing them in your own backyard too.
Buying and Storing Japanese Turnips
Tokyo Turnip Recipes
Here are just some of the delicious recipes you can enjoy with Tokyo turnips: