Sweet Hakurei turnips, tops and all, are an early Autumn favorite.
A few years ago, we started getting these lovely little Hakurei turnips at our local farm stands. Sweet, crunchy, with only a mild turnip flavor, I almost hesitate to refer to them as a turnip at all! They are a vegetable unto themselves. The tops are delicious as well, so this is a wonderful two-for-one vegetable to be enjoyed together or separately. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and low in starch.
Quick, easy, delicious
Cook these simply, a quick steam until tender, a quick stir-fry, a toss on the grill, or a roast in the oven with other Autumn vegetables. It’s all delicious. Or eat them raw in salads and slaws!
Here, we steamed them, tops and all, then a quick bath in lemon, ginger, mint, and brown butter. I’ve found quartering the turnips carefully, keeping some of the greens attached to each piece, makes the best size so that when steaming the turnip and the greens are done at the same time.
To steam, I use my 12” stainless steel deep skillet fitted with my basic little steam basket spread out fill size and covered with the lid tightly. You could also use a bamboo steamer.
Hakurei Turnips with Ginger, Mint, and Brown Butter
- 5 or 6 Hakurei turnips with tops
- Zest and juice of one juicy lemon
- 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp. finely minced fresh mint
- 1 tsp. honey
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter or vegan butter
Gently wash the turnips, making sure to get all the grit out of the tops. Trim the bottoms if you like, but it is not necessary, nor is peeling them. Slice them in quarters, slicing through the tops as well so each quarter gets some of the tops.
Place in a steamer and cook until the bulbs are tender when pierced with a knife, about 10 to 12 minutes depending on size.
While the turnips are steaming, combine the zest and juice, ginger, mint, and honey.
Remove the basket from the streamer and put turnips in a large bowl. Dump the water out of the steaming pan and add the butter over medium-high heat, swirling the pan while the butter melts. Continue swirling until the butter solids start to brown and you smell a nutty fragrance. Immediately add the lemon mixture and blend.
Pour over the turnips, add salt and pepper to taste, and toss gently. Plate and enjoy!
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