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Friday, November 9, 2012

Turnips Anyone?

In the early summer you look forward to the first squash. In the fall you look  forward to the first turnips.

But, just like squash, you can only eat so many turnips. After satisfying your taste buds with a few raw ones and a few cooked messes, you grow tired of them.

When Daddy was alive, he always wanted us to plant a turnip patch. He'd sometimes bring out the seeds himself and we'd work up an unused section of the garden and spread the seeds. The seeds were tiny and he'd tell us to mix the seeds with sand and scatter them upon the ground.

Daddy passed away last spring, so he wasn't here to help, but we planted a patch in our garden and thought of him while we did it.  But, after enjoying them for a while, we promptly forgot about them.

Wow, they have grown!

We have some whopper turnips! 
Daddy would be proud!

I think it is kinda weird the way they push up out of the ground and end up above the earth. It is amazing how they grow.

Usually they are not good, when they get this big. But this one sure was. I brought it to the house, peeled it and cut it up. Wasn't a thing wrong with that gigantic turnip.

I think a person could make a meal out of just one. What do you think?

Are your turnips getting out of control, too?

They are good cut up and cooked, but I also like them raw. Just peel 'em, slice 'em and shake a little salt on 'em. Yum!

What is your favorite way to eat them?

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. A stunning photo display! We always put a turnip in soup when I was a kid and we ate them raw too! I am sorry you lost your dad. That is one of the hardest things I ever did!
    Your blog is lovely and I am happy I stopped by! Have a terrific weekend!

  2. When I was a little child, I'd eat just about any vegetable raw, but now I prefer them to be cooked. No one in my family likes turnips except me, so I usually cook them when no one is here to eat with me. And we usually sow seed just for the greens, with no turnips.

  3. We don't grow any because no one in the family cares for them.. My daddy and mama loved them too.. Daddy always had to have at least one mess of Parsnips every summer too.. We didn't grow any of them, mama would buy him a mess. They really believed in putting out Curly Mustard and they liked the Turnip Greens as well.. We had plenty of Curly Mustard this year. Have a nice weekend, Susie

  4. Janet those are sure pretty turnips! I love to peel them, cut them up and toss them in a little olive oil with some herb seasoning and roast them in the oven til fork tender. YUM!

  5. I love them roasted with other vegetables--onions, potatoes, carrots and celery sprinkled with herbs and tossed in olive oil, then spread on a pan to roast. Delicious! My favorite way to eat turnips, though, is mashed with potatoes. Oh. My.

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  9. Oh my goodness you raised some giant turnips. Your post took me back to childhood. My dad also liked turnips and would just peel and eat them.

  10. Well, I've learned something new. I've never heard of tossing them in olive oil, sprinkling them with herbs and toasting them. I might have to try that. I have heard of mashing them, though.

  11. I love fresh turnips out of the garden. You sure have some beauties. Peeled and sliced raw with a little salt is delicious! -- barbara

  12. What a lovely post about your daddy and plantint turnip seeds.

    You surely have a green thumb. The turnips look great. I bet your daddy is proud of you.

  13. I can remember the first turnip I ate. Sitting on the back porch at my Grandmother's. I watched as my Dad peeled that turnip. He had a way of talking about something that would make your mouth water, wanting whatever it was that he was talking about. I sure do miss him! Most vegetables I prefer raw. There's just something about the cooked mushiness that doesn't appeal to me.


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