Got me a forest of Golden Globe Turnips growing in
Tried eating one of the leaves a week ago. Hmmmm.
Okay. Interesting tastes. I can see where all
the remarks about feeding turnips greens to livestock
come from. One of those run your tongue under
a hose for five minutes and then try to ignore the
after taste experiences. Oh my!
If I can not figure out a way to make the greens
palatable (I have a post on a cooking group on
that subject), what to do with them? Hold them till
the end of the season and dig them under? Trash can?
Chop a tart apple and a sweet onion fairly fine. Saute them in a large pot
with 2-3 tablespoons of good olive oil. When they are tender toss in the wa
shed, chopped greens and 1/2 cup of water or stock, cover with a tight fitt
ing lid. Steam until tender and salt to taste.
The apple and onion take a lot of the "bite" out of turnip greens. You can
also add a small amount of sugar and/or cider vinegar.
I really hate to say this because you were so nice to give me
a recipe, but I am a NIDDM (noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus,
also know as non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetic). Do to the
carb count on sweet onions and apples, they are off my diet.
(But moderate amounts of regular onions are not.) This is the
reason for growing golden globe turnips, instead of potatoes.
Maybe cider vinegar and regular onions? I don't know,
the volatile oils in the greens are really strong. The
greens are really nasty tasting.
The world needs more nice people,
My friend's iguana absolutely loved that sort of green. She (the iguana,
not my friend) was getting up toward 6 feet the last time I saw her so they
must be pretty nutritious regardless of the taste.
Lacking an bunch of animals to eat them, composting always works.
Couldn't venture a guess as to how deeply you might bury them. If they are
well chopped, by a rototiller perhaps, I'd not worry too much and just let
them mix in where they will in the top 8" or so. That is as much effort as
I've gone to over the years and where the soil and weather conditions were
amenable the chopped green matter pretty much disappeared in a couple of
months. I'd imagine that an abundance earthworms would speed the process
assuming, of course, that their taste buds aren't so discerning as yours.
a few inches is plenty, if your area doesn't get
deep freezes they'll be gone by spring.
better yet, chop the tops off and leave them on
the surface to dry in the sun before burying them.
the worms will make quick work of them after that.
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