Cut turnips into medium pieces, small turnips can be halved. Put them in a Heavy pan with a pinch of salt and a pat of butter (about 1 Tbs). Cover and cook of medium heat. They can be served as is, mashed slightly or caramelized by turning up the heat to medium high and cooking until lightly brown. Do not burn or get overly dark because this will increase bitterness. All these methods yield sweet cooked spring turnips.