Health Benefits of Turnip Greens

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Don't throw away those turnip tops they are good for you.

It is sad to think that one of our most nutritious dark green leafy vegetables sources is generally just thrown out with the trash. It is turnip greens.

Turnip greens are generally chucked out in the trash rather than eaten as a side dish at supper. The top leafy portion of the turnip plant tends to be very misjudged as to its importance as a food source. I am hoping to help stop this practice.

Turnip greens provide high levels of antioxidants and they are indeed proving themselves to be a vegetable that is very beneficial in the fight against heart disease, lung diseases such as emphysema, as well as many forms of cancer and arthritis.

Turnip greens may be of special benefit to those who suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis as it has high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium and Copper which all have been proven beneficial in the fight against Rheumatoid arthritis.

Diets high in antioxidants are proving to have a great contribution in the fight against a number of illnesses.

Cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease and arthritis are just a few of the many illnesses that can have their symptoms reduced simply through the consumption of a diet rich in antioxidants.


With vegetables like turnip and beet people often keep the root but chuck the greens. What a waste of valuable nutrients that is.

Turnip with greens
Turnip with greens

Do you eat the turnip and throw out the green?

Do you eat the turnip greens?

  • Guilty as charged I have always thrown away the green.
  • Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.
  • I tried the greens once but didn't like them.
  • I didn't realize the greens were okay to eat but I will definitely eat them now.
  • I always keep both the root and the greens.
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Low in calories turnip greens Are high In Vitamin K and Vitamin A.

Most people know that the turnip root is edible but a great many individuals have no knowledge what-so-ever about the top leafy portion of the turnip plant so they wrongfully presume that it is indigestible. It often winds up in garbage cans or compost piles all across the country and we lose a very valuable source of nutrition.

A single one cup serving of turnip greens will contain a mere twenty-eight calories but will supply a multitude of vitamins and minerals within it.

Ranked in order of their prominence within the greens are the nutrients Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Tryptrophan, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, Omega-3 fatty acids, Protein and Vitamin B3.

Eat for health. You may be surprised how good you can feel.

Traditional southern style turnip greens recipe.

A Food This Nutritiously Good Should be Consumed.

Cow pulling up a turnip to eat.
Cow pulling up a turnip to eat.

Delicious and Nutritious Turnip Greens - Add Them To Your Meals Today!

So please don't throw them away. The greens are easily steamed or boiled so they can then be served up as a tasty side dish with your meal.

Simply serve the cooked Turnip Greens with melted butter and season to taste with salt and pepper and you have a nutritious vegetable dish. They can be also be used as an "add in" to almost any casserole, vegetable or rice dish, and serve to add a little spark of color in addition to their nutritional boost to the meal.

If saving them for future use. It only takes a few minutes to blanch and pop them into the freezer so they are available for future meals.

When a food is this healthy it really is a crime to waste it. Make sure your turnip plants gets used to it's full potential, from it's root to it's top, enjoy!

Eat healthy. Live Well.

Most leafy green vegetables are very healthy.

We seem to naturally know that if it is a leafy green vegetable that it must be healthy for us but somehow when it comes to root vegetables we seem unsure as to whether the tops are edible or not.

Both beet and turnip have this problem. The roots are generally used for meals but often the greens are trashed in the preparation process. Don't do it.

Give those greens a try either raw in a salad or cooked just as you would swiss chard. The burst of flavor and nutrition in these tops will have you saving them in the future.

Plant something wonderfully healthy today.

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Photos are my own or are courtesy of Karenswhimsy.com.

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Have you ever eaten turnip greens? 20 comments

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Scarlettohairy 23 months ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

I've never eaten turnips greens bet I bet they are good. Thanks for the info!


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

We love Turnip Greens and Turnips and eat them quite often. We usually grow our own and freeze them so we can have them year round. We actually don't add much seasoning at all to ours so found this very interesting.


Monica 3 years ago

Turnip Green Burritos! Heat some salsa in a pot, add the greens, salt, pepper, cumin and cook about 20 minutes. Roll into tortilla with some refried beans and hot sauce. Yum!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have to find creative ideas for the greens to get my husband to indulge. Thanks for making it easy and delicious sounding.


Shon9tilr 4 years ago

Are can turnip greens as healthy? They are sooo good!


don in piljerk 4 years ago

LAST NIGHT WE HAB TUNIP GREENS WITH KEN & BARBIE....THEY WERE SUPERB.......I CONSUMED A DOUBLE SCOOP WITH CORNBREAD AND A SLICE OF ONION.........AS CHARLIE DANIELS SAYS , "AINT IT GREAT TO BE ALIVE AND BE IN TENNESSEE ! ".......THANK YOU JESUS..... PRAISES BE UNTO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM !!!!!!!!


Beverly 5 years ago

I love them I knew that they were healthy, but I just eat them because they are so good , with cornbread and sweet potatoes.


Betty 5 years ago

I absolutely love turnip greens, the root and the leafy part I could eat them ever day and I do ever chance I get

and a lot of my friends at work like me to cook them so they can enjoy


Albert Jefferson 5 years ago

I'm a regular produce aficionado and TURNIP GREENS have proven to be a favorite with me. I'm particularly impressed with their nutritional signature and switch often between TURNIP GREENS and COLLARD GREENS for the vegetable kick to my meals which always include some variety of bean plant. Prince Albert.


doctor relm 6 years ago

turnip greTurnip greens are full of vitamin A, C, E, B6, folate copper, calcium, antioxidants and dietary fiber. In one cup of these greens is only 35 calories, nearly nothing compared to all the health benefits the consumer is gaining.If you are not eating them...you need to start. Even if it means buying them in a can...Allens has a delicious seasoned can version.


dei xhrist 6 years ago

Thanks for the recipes - I steamed and then (overcooked) my latest batch, with garlic and a topping of tahini. The result is very bitter - the turnips are 6" across and I'm wondering how much of the bitterness is due to the advanced age of the plant. Next time, I'll introduce some oil and almonds; could definitely use some sort of fat. Oh, and the dog loves 'em.


Ganga 6 years ago

Just made some soup loaded with turnip greens.. Yummy and healthy.


Bridgette HOward 6 years ago

I have made turnip greens the last two weeks and they are awesome. I bowl a piece of smoke jowl and ham hock for 30 minutes. After I have cleaned my greens I add them to the pot with 1/4 salt, minced garlic, a whole onion cut up, some red pepper. You can taste as the greens are getting done how the flavor is and add whatever more that suits you. MMMM MMMM YYUUMM YYUUMM, make corn bread


Patricia 6 years ago

My nieghbor actually introduced me to turnip greens. I loved them so much I asked how she made them. She said a bit of bacon, and bacon grease, (not much) and onion and garlic, sauted, and whalah!.. I tried making them myself and wow! I love them. I eat them every chance I get. I tried to get my older brother who's 50 to eat them and my niece who's 17 to eat them, and they tuned their noses up at them.. What a disappointment. They are so used to fast food it's pathetic, and they don't eat healthy.... However I love them and will continue to push them or oresent them to friends and famiuly every chance I get.


Audrey 6 years ago

I think turnip greens ar best cooked with a little fat back grease, eaten with pintos, which is very good for you, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. Try it, you will be pleasently surprised, and it is a very healthy meal.


GIJOE 6 years ago

i HAVE EATEN TURNIP FOR YEARS AND THEY ARE VERY GOOD FOR YOU I AM REFER TO THE LEAFY GREEN PART MMMMMMMMMM GOOOOOODDDDDDDD


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Tpri 7 years ago

Thanks for doing the research - I know no one else would have bothered. Sounds healthy to me and with a little spicing up could turn out rather tasty I guess :) 


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Ladymermaid 7 years ago from Canada Author

I went and did some more research to see if I could find any health hazards related to eating turnip greens but all I found was good healthy nutritional stuff.

So then I scooted over to take a peek at Mr. Gott's diet and it is a "NO FLOUR-NO SUGAR DIET", I typed turnip greens into the search box, and got nothing on it there. Soooooooooooo.....I think you may have something confused there.

Ladymermaid


robert davis 7 years ago

I cooked turnip greens for a good ole country dinner for a party. A friend of mine informed me Dr. Gott that answers health questions advised against eat them due to they somehow destroy the heart valves...is this true?


LM 7 years ago

I love turnip greens, I usually cook it with shrimp. I dice up onions and red onion, saute' it in olive oil, throw in the shrimp, add sesame oil, oyster sauce, lemon juice, and ginger. I add in the greens to absorbe the flavor and juice. Tastes real good. I think turnip greens goes well with almost anything, nd it's good for you :D

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