Turnip flavors can vary depending on size and maturity. Young turnips are sweet, crunchy, and similar to carrots. In contrast, mature turnips tend to taste more like potatoes. Older turnips are bitter in taste if eaten raw, but can taste and smell sweet if cooked correctly: rather like beets, but without the earthiness. Turnips are great mashed, chopped and eaten raw, turned into a soup, or shredded and made into slaw. Turnips are low in calories, and rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C and K. In fact, the vitamin K in just one turnip makes up your entire requirement for the entire day.