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South Ga Turnips

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“Old recipe that my grandmother used when fresh turnips were ready. Use fresh small turnip leaves and 1 or 2 roots.”
2hrs 30mins

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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