Baldrick’s Favourite Food
I am a huge fan of Blackadder, so I know that if Baldrick was given a million pounds he would get ‘a great big turnip in the country’. So what does Baldrick see in this humble veg?
A Short History of Turnips
First imported to Britain in 1750 by politician Charles Townshend, turnips have a mild taste and can be eaten cooked or raw. They filled our grandparents’ bellies as a wartime staple and have generally been used to bulk out mashed potatoes and stews. But since the 1940s, they had fallen out of favour – until now.
According to an article in the Telegraph, Tesco have seen a 75% rise in turnip sales over the last year. Why? At the moment, turnips are a cheaper alternative to many other vegetables and as the ‘credit crunch’ bites, more people are buying them to make their money stretch further.
So other than boiling, mashing or roasting them plain, what can you do with turnips? Here are some ideas.
5 Turnip Recipes
- Turnips in Orange Sauce – Mr Neep
- Turnip Gratin – BBC Food
- Honey Creamed Turnips – Recipe Zaar
- Turnips With Bread Crumbs and Parsley – Epicurious
- Turnip Slaw – All Recipes
Nutritionally, the turnip is a very good source of fibre, vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of vitamin B6, folic acid, calcium, potassium and copper (from www.nutritiondata.com).