South Ga Turnips

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Ken Nipper

Old recipe that my grandmother used when fresh turnips were ready. Use fresh small turnip leaves and 1 or 2 roots.

Top Review by teril.mac

This is exactly the way I cook greens, so when I saw it I had to give it 5 stars. To get all of that great flavor they have to slowly cook a long time. My personal preference for the meat is smoked ham, but the bacon is good too. I also loved the way the recipe is written, sounds like it came straight from your Grandmother (or mine :-)) Thanks for posting it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 gallons fresh turnips, leaves and or 5 gallons turnips, roots
  • you can also use collard greens or mustard greens
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 slices bacon (I like smoked) or 2 slices ham
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Wash/rinse leaves and roots carefully Checking for sand and bugs.
  2. Place leaves in collander to drain and set aside.
  3. Place water, salt, and meat in large boiler.
  4. Bring water to a boil.
  5. Add turnip leaves and roots.
  6. Cook for 120 minutes or longer until very tender.
  7. Serve hot in a bowl with a side of fresh baked cornbread.
  8. The green liquid is called pot liquor.

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