Thursday, October 1, 2009

Harvesting Turnip Greens

In this year's fall garden, I planted turnips. Turnips are cool weather root crops. The root can grow up to 5 inches in width! The greens of turnips are edible and can be cooked like spinach. They also can be eaten raw in salads. Like lettuce, the greens will get bitter in hot weather.

Turnip greens should be harvested only once if you also want the root. They also should only be gathered around the outside of the root so the plant will be able to grow more. Turnip greens should be picked when they are 2-3 inches tall.

Turnip greens are high in many vitamins and minerals, as well as low in calories. They will not lose many vitamins even when they are cooked. Turnip greens also help prevent some cancers and other ailments.

We will try some turnip greens this weekend from my fall plants!

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