Turnips mild flavor lends well to simply washing, cutting and eating them raw, as in a salad; however, most people choose to cook them. One of my favorite ways to enjoy turnip bulbs is to cook until tender and mash (like potatoes). You can simply eat mashed turnips, or cook half turnips and half potatoes (new, purple or sweet). You can caramelize the root by sauting 3 cups of chopped turnip root with water and vegetable (or chicken) stock, plus onions and 1 tablespoon butter. The result is a very richtasting side dish your whole family will gobble up for dinner. Similar to any other green, turnip greens can be cooked simply with a little olive oil, salt and garlic or onion.