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Turnips

December 15, 2009

I have a few turnips growing in the garden. It’s not a vegetable I am well acquainted with. I’ve tried it a couple times in soup or mashed potatoes. I read somewhere it is in the cabbage family. That may mean it is something to experiment with or that we won’t have too often. Kirk is not fond of cooked cabbage. One of my turnips looks like a turnip.

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The rest look a bit odd. Aren’t they supposed to be root vegetables, growing underground? This is one of the better ones. Many are just stringy looking and won’t amount to much. The winter cold has arrived. The last of the hold outs are finally wilting in the garden. Today’s high will be a whopping 48 F, but the night temperature has been above freezing, probably for the last time until warmer weather returns.

turnip

In between the garden fairy’s first dentist visit, this morning, and the teen’s orthodontist appointment, after school, I’ll be out harvesting turnips, tossing the scrawny turnips and old radishes on the compost heap, and planting a couple bags of discount tulips. With the weather turning to highs around 30 F, with nightly freezing, this late season warm day will probably be my last in the garden until spring. Not to worry, though. I have a violet blooming, an overwintering geranium with flowers, and a couple of amaryllis plants showing signs of blooming very soon. It’s not much, but it’ll tide me over until it’s time to start seeds under the lights.

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  1. December 15, 2009 1:31 pm

    Have you tried eating a raw turnip? The root, not the greens. They are tastier than radishes. smoother and not hot.

    Where I grew up, we said Turnips for the roots and Greens for the leaves. My husband’s family called the leaves Turnips and the roots, Roots. We cooked the greens and the roots separately, they cooked them in the same pot.

    A bit of ham will add flavor when you cook them.

  2. December 15, 2009 5:19 pm

    We like both the top and the bottoms here, but not everyone else does. Some like just one and not the other. I like to cook the roots with a couple of slices of bacon, and the greens with a ham hock. Turnips are quite hardy, they overwinter here in our zone 6 garden.

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