Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

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

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.
Most Helpful

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.

teril.mac December 06, 2008