The turnip has also been used as a natural medicine treating measles, cancer, small pox, chilblains and gout. The turnip was even fermented for an alcoholic beverage in early centuries. European farmers were introduced to a variety called the "stubble turnip" during the 17th and 18th century, which lead to the period known as the “Age of the Turnip.” The turnip has been mentioned with admiration by Robinson Crusoe, as well as Thomas Jefferson who grew several varieties on his plantation.
Diced Carrots and Turnips
2 pounds carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 1/2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 tablespoons butter
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
In a kettle of boiling salted water cook the carrots for 3 minutes, add the turnips, and boil the vegetables for 3 to 5 minutes, or until they are tender. Drain the vegetables and transfer them to a serving dish. Add the butter, cut into bits, the nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste and toss the mixture until the butter is melted.