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How to Cook Wax Turnips

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Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
How to Cook Wax Turnips
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The term wax turnips refers not necessarily to a variety of turnip but to turnips dipped in wax to extend their shelf life. A root vegetable from the cabbage family, these white bulbs are low in calories and high in vitamin C and fiber, making them a healthy substitute for potatoes. Additionally, these vegetables are extremely versatile. You can eat a turnip raw after removing the waxy skin or cook them via boiling or roasting in an oven.

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Step 1

Peel the waxy skin from the turnip with a sharp knife in a manner similar to peeling an apple. Start at the top of the root and make a thin, downward slice that removes both the wax and skin. Repeat this process around the turnip, using caution to avoid cutting yourself on tough skins.

Step 2

Wash the peeled turnip root with water to remove any residue.

Step 3

Cut large turnip roots into 1-inch cubes to speed the cooking process.

Step 4

Place the pieces in a large saucepan.

Step 5

Cover the turnip pieces with water and heat them on high until the water boils.

Step 6

Reduce the heat to medium-high and boil for about five minutes, or until you can pierce the pieces with a fork.

Step 7

Drain the water from the turnips.

Step 8

Serve the pieces mixed with butter, salt and pepper, or mash them in a manner similar to potatoes. Add other spices to taste, if desired.


Step 1

Peel the waxy skin away from the turnip root with a sharp knife, similar to peeling an apple.

Step 2

Cut the root into 1-inch wedges or pieces.

Step 3

Place the pieces in a colander and rinse with water to remove any residue.

Step 4

Toss the pieces with 1 to 2 tsp. olive oil to coat them.

Step 5

Place the pieces in an oiled baking pan and roast in an oven set to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes.

Step 6

Pierce the turnip pieces with a fork to verify that they are tender before removing them from the oven.

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