Monday, March 21, 2016

Turnip Greens

There's nothing better than turnip greens with pinto  beans, cornbread and a slice of onion.

 Late in the summer dad would sow a patch of Turnips, and every fall we looked forward to our first mess of greens ."

Turnip greens belong to the same family as mustard greens,  and collard greens, you could add and mix them together if you liked.

After  Picking and cleaning the greens, they went into a pot for cooking.

Mother didn't need a recipe for cooking greens, she had been cooking them since she was a young bride.

The first step was washing the greens good — a time-consuming task, but well worth the trouble.

Washing them was to remove any dirt and grit from the leaves.

After that, she'd cut off and discard tough stems and any discolored leaves.

Adding some  salt,   precooked pork,  or ham hock to the greens.

She'd let them  cook  for about 20 minutes on low heat, and simmer for another 30 minutes.

What seems like a lot of greens at the beginning, cooks down to pretty much nothing by this time.

Ounce per ounce, turnip greens are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, according to Health experts .

 If you're lucky enough to have some kinfolks still living  in the south,   you might be offered a plate of turnip greens when you visit them during the fall of the year.

A long possibly with some, pinto beans, a sliced onion, cornbread, and maybe a piece of homemade apple pie if you are really, really, lucky.

Southern style cooking, by Southern style cooks equals Southern style food, simply delicious and hard to match  anywhere  else you may go .

Until Next Time.   God Bless.

My Meditations by,  Coleman 

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