The turnip is a root vegetable, a brassica, that has been consumed by humans in Europe since prehistoric times. Brassicas planted in July will be ready for harvest from September to November. The peak season for turnips begins in October and lasts through the winter.
The word rapa (Italian for turnip) derives from the Latin rapum which demonstrates that the plant has enjoyed a long relationship with cooks in Italy.
In Friuli, they marinate the whole turnip in wine dregs. The dish is often served with cotecchino, a pork sausage traditionally prepared on New Year’s Eve.
The turnip got a bump in the press recently, when Michelle Obama was seen dancing with the root vegetable. The turnip is back, baby…