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Don’t “turn up your nose”, turnips are way better than you think. This humble vegetable has a wallflower reputation, it’s at the party but it’s not dancing. So, how do you make a turnip dance? You add a little curry and garlic, pair it with a great partner like potato and next thing you know your taste buds are doing a cha-cha. Turnips are root vegetables, cousin to radish and arugula, they have a crisp texture when raw and a creamy texture when cooked. Raw turnip adds a savory, peppery bite to dishes that will soften to more of a savory, slightly sweet nibble when cooked. Turnips are teeming with taste! Our recipe for Turnip-Potato Mash brings together the earthy-sweet flavor of potato, the slight peppery flavor of turnip, and the deep savory & sweet spice of curry and garlic. Flavorful, delicious and colorful, Turnip-Potato Mash will dance across your tongue in Siberian Wallflower colored shoes!


  • 1 medium turnip
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup milk or broth
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
Main Ingredient(s): Potatoes, Turnips


  • Scrub & trim turnip and potatoes; peel.
  • Cut potatoes. Cut turnips into smaller pieces than potatoes, as they cook slower.
  • Add cut vegetables to a medium pot and fill with cold water until water level well covers vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, maintaining a soft boil. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your cuts. Turn off heat and drain. Return to pot.
  • In the pot, mash the vegetables until smooth with only a few small lumps.
  • Add milk, olive oil, garlic, curry, salt & pepper. Beat with a spoon until well blended.
  • Taste, adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

Fun fact: Wallflowers, so named because they reseed freely and are prone to growing in wall crevices and pavement cracks, are a medicinal herb with vibrant blooms; Siberian Wallflowers often have warm yellow flowers similar to the color of this dish.

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Published On: December 6, 2023