Turnip, a More Bang-For-Buck Veggie.
Updated: Jun 19
Turnips (Brassica rapa) are one of the more bang-for-bucks vegetables! It is so versatile, the greens and roots are both delicious and nutritious. Turnip roots are short, swollen stems that grow partly in the ground; but, many gardeners have long been growing turnip greens for their leaves alone; in Asia countries, the leaves are pickled with salt, called Xuelihong (also known as Xueli), commonly known as a spicy vegetable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGUuMPtc9q8. Turnip leaves can be prepared exactly like spinach or its close mustard, kale, cabbage, and collards relatives, including in salads, soups, and stews. The somewhat fuzzy leaves are also extremely high in vitamins A, B, C, and K, folate, iron, calcium, and thiamine.
We like to call ourselves "juicing" farmers, as we know extracted juices are definitely healthier than by eating the fruit or vegetable itself, and one can never eat enough fruits and veggies to get the same amount of nutrients from a 4 oz shot juice. So after devouring and sharing, we juice the entire turnip plant.
Remember, there is never too many veggies grown on your own land, and you will never find "real" pesticide-free veggies from the grocer's produce aisles (even when they were full). And if you still really can't use all the abundance, compost it back to the land; no matter what your next crop is, it will kick butt!
PS, By the way, the pulp will be fed to our pet chickens. Then, they'll make delicious eggs, and also some garden fertilizer (poop ). Nothing goes to waste!
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