Southern Turnip Greens with Ingredients

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Southern Turnip Greens. This simple recipe brings about a heavenly dish of delicate cooked greens sure to satisfy any sense of taste.

Turnip greens have a similar flavor to the root, so expect peppery tones in the fall greens and a brighter zip in the soft spring turnip leaves. Southern turnip greens aren’t as spicy as mustard greens, and the tingle from this green vegetable passes rapidly, unlike capsicum heat.

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Are turnip greens good for you? The turnip’s root and leaves are both edible, however, turnip greens refer to the stem and leafy green portion of the plant. Contains over 100% of RDA for vitamin K. The high levels of nutrients in turnip greens can enhance health and help prevent disease. Because of their high vitamin A content, turnip greens can help maintain healthy skin and hair.

How to prepare. Just a note for making your turnip greens recipe. The use of ham is optional. Southern turnip greens with ham hocks have incredible flavor. The curing or smoking process used in preserving ham adds a salty and distinctive taste that’s hard to describe!

Turnip greens go great with grilled and baked dishes, such as Beer Can Chicken, Eastern Shore Meatloaf, and Simple Chicken and Dumplings.

What you’ll need to prepare this Southern Turnip Greens recipe


  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 8 ounces of diced country ham (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound turnip greens, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

DIRECTIONS – Yield (5) servings

Bring chicken broth, water, oil, salt, and pepper to a boil in a dutch oven.

Add turnip greens and sugar and return to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring every 15 minutes, until greens are tender, at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

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