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Turnip Green Recipes

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Southern Turnip Green Recipe

Southerners tend to prepare their greens much differently than other areas of the United States.

Here are three ways that have always been quite popular.

Begin by washing a large bunch and placing them into boiling water. Cook until tender. Add root vegetables such as turnips if you wish.

1. Add salt and pepper and a spoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the bowl of prepared greens.

2. Add a chopped boiled egg to the top before serving.

3. Add a strip of lean bacon or salt pork to the pot as the leaves cook. Crumble crisp bacon onto the finished recipe if you wish before serving. Be sure to remove the bacon or salt pork from the greens before serving at the table.

This has always been my favorite recipe for turnip greens. I like mine with peeled turnips added to the pot. If you've never prepared them, peel away the outer skin, wash thoroughly, and then cut into the size you prefer.

You may like the chunks bite-size or smaller so that they cook quickly with the greens OR you may like them in great big chunks that will stick onto a dinner fork. Either way, they are fantastic!

Recipe for Turnip Puff, Makes 4-6 Servings

To prepare this recipe, cook the vegetables in a minimal amount of water until tender. This will take about 10 minutes. Be sure to monitor the pot to ensure they don't stick, as well as not to overcook.

Drain off the water after the vegetables reach a tender state. Add the margarine, ground nutmeg and other spices and mash as you would potatoes. Add the eggs and the bread crumbs and transfer to a casserole dish that has been treated for sticking.

Bake uncovered at about 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Cook the greens in another pot and serve alongside.

The Recipe Ingredients

3 cups of turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
3/4 cup of grated carrot
1/3 cup of chopped onion
2 Tablespoons of reduced fat margarine
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup of soft bread crumbs
2 eggs, slightly beaten OR you can use egg substitute for cholesterol concerns 

What are the Different Varieties & Species of Turnips?

Picture of turnips.As you can see by our picture below, there are many different varieties of turnips. They have been grown throughout history for both human and animal consumption and are one of the more versatile vegetables. They pair well with other vegetables, such as the carrot.

The purple-top turnip is probably the variety that most are familiar with but the broad-bottom flat variety and the globular cultivars are also pretty popular.

Varieties include:

Purple Top Milan
Golden Ball
Atlantic Speedy
Manchester Market
Green Globe 

How much beta carotene in turnip greens?

1 cup of raw turnip greens contains about 3824 g of beta carotene. You can find more impressive benefits for this nutritional element in all varieties of leafy greens. An added perk? All are exceptionally low in caloric value.


Beta Carotene Content of Root Vegetables
Data Based on g & 1 Cup Raw Unless Noted

Turnip greens, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained


Beets, cooked


Carrots, cooked


Onions, spring or scallions (includes tops and bulb)


Potato, baked, flesh and skin, without salt - 1


Leeks, cooked


Turnip Greens, raw - chopped






Radish, Red - sliced



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