Southern Turnip Greens

December 02, 2021

Southern Turnip Greens

Greens in the south are a delicacy! We eat all sorts of green things that grow all over the place.  We love turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, cabbage and in some areas of the south I’ve heard about folks even eating some Poke Salad! (I’ve also heard that Poke Salad can make you sick as a dog if you don’t know what you’re doing.) 

However greens are a labor of love. No matter where you buy them from, you’re going to have to wash them… and I mean a lot! Whether you buy them from a local farmer or from Bubba who’s selling them beside the road out of the back of his pickup truck, you’re going to have to wash them so much you think you’re going to wash all of the green off! 

I’ve heard of a hundred short-cuts to washing greens. None of them sound like it’s anything that I’d wanna try. I’ve heard of people hosing them down with a sprayer attached to their garden hose or submerging them into a big washtub of water and changing out the water each time. I’ve even heard a crazy story, more than a few times, of people stuffing them into panty hose and putting them into the washing machine! I’ll take a hard pass on that one.

Yup, there’s only one tried and true way to wash greens; by hand. Each leaf. Not one, not two but at least 3 times! But the good news is that by washing them by hand, you can also get rid of the stems that run through the middle of each stalk. And you get rid of all of the grit! (Grit is just a polite way of saying dirt and nobody wants to bite into a delicious mouthful of greens and crunch on dirt) Besides, you wouldn’t want your favorite Aunt Lucille to get dirt in her dentures now would ya? 

The next time you want to eat some delicious southern greens, try this recipe. It’s a good-un.


2 cups of water

4 large boxes of Chicken Broth

1 large heaping spoonful chicken base

Turnip greens (with or without the roots diced)

2 tbsp. Sugar

Pinch of wasabi powder

Black pepper

Red pepper flakes


2 tbsp. Butter

1 tsp. Natures Seasoning

1 large sliced onion

Smoked Hog jowl or smoked turkey meat

Lip Smackin’ Good Cajun Voodoo Hot Sauce


  1. In a large pot add the first 4 ingredients and bring to a boil. 
  2. As the greens start to cook down into the pot add the next 5 ingredients.
  3. In a skillet, add the butter and the sliced onion.  Sauté until the onion becomes translucent, add to the greens.
  4. Add the smoked meat to the skillet and brown on all sides. Add to the greens, reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour to an hour and a half. 

Eat turnip greens with whatever you want, but my vote gets a few dabs of our Cajun Voodoo Hot Sauce and a big ole slice of homemade cornbread! That’s just good groceries…