A Real Turnip for the Books
Some Canadian-produced vegetables might not always receive the many kudos they deserve, but that doesn’t stop them from being an important part of our agriculture and agri-food industry.
Take the terrific turnip. That’s right, the turnip. Not wowed? Don’t turnip your nose just yet! It's what this underrated root vegetable stands for that’s impressive. Oh sure, potatoes and tomatoes get all the press, but turnips and other vegetables also contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the Canadian economy every year.
A lot goes into growing the perfect turnip. Our varied climate and technological advances have produced a thriving greenhouse sub-sector for turnips and some of the most advanced storage and packaging solutions in the world.
All this shows that Canada's vegetable industry is an innovative and (ahem) growing sector producing consistently wholesome, scrumptious, fresh and nutritious additions to any dinner plate.
Now, how do you like them turnips?
- No small potatoes. Canadian fresh vegetable exports totaled $1.7 billion in 2016, up a whopping 62% since 2012.
- Rooting for the cause. Carrots, turnips, salad beetroot, and similar edible roots contributed $70 million to that total.
- In 2016, Canadian farmers produced almost 47,900 metric tonnes of rutabagas and turnips valued at $27M in farm gate value.
- The average Canadian consumes 1kg of fresh rutabagas and turnips each year.
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