If you are not a fan of turnips then Pardailhan turnips may make you change your mind. They are black in colour, white inside and are beautifully tender with a subtle, sweet flavour. The Pardailhan Black Turnip is a variety called Caluire Long Black, named for its region of origin to the north of Pardailhan. These turnips have been grown for centuries on the Pardailhan Plain in the province of Hérault in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region. The plateau where Pardailhan is situated stands at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, though it is just 24 miles from the Mediterranean.
They can be prepared in many ways: grated raw and tossed in a vinaigrette, fried in goose fat and a little sugar, or in soups and gratins. They are much sought after on the markets of Narbonne and Béziers, the closest towns, though the scarce quantities on sale these days make them somewhat pricey.