Bitter Tasting Turnip Greens

How do I remove the bitter taste from turnip greens?

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Jan 07, 2015
try this
by: TheLemon

My sister-in-law sneaked some kale in a pot of turnip greens she cooked for us and they were the best I'd ever eaten. My mother always added a dash of sugar to any vegetable or tomato dish and a dash of salt to anything sweet.

Dec 30, 2014
How to remove the bitter tast from Turnips
by: Anonymous

Try Bragg Liquid Aminos. It knocked the bitter tast out of Turnips and Kale. Also, try adding a little Olive Oil.😊

Jan 01, 2014
How to remove the bitter taste from turnip greens
by: Anonymous

Add a whole clean pecan to your pot of any bitter greens while bitter taste whatsoever. This was handed down in our family for at least 6 generations.


Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip. Although I rarely prepare turnip or mustard greens because of their sometime bitter taste, I'll have to try preparing these delicious greens again now that I know your family secret. Now I really am looking forward to my next pot of turnip greens.

Jan 04, 2011
Add Sugar
by: E Marie

I always add a little sugar to my greens to remove the "tart" taste.

Nov 24, 2010
Removing bitterness from turnip greens
by: Anonymous

Changing the water works in removing bitterness from turnip greens. You only need to re-season.

Aug 01, 2010
Bitter Greens
by: Anonymous

Bitter turnip greens are the best. Why would you want to change them? I have not been able to find any for many years. Any suggestions?

Aug 01, 2010
Green Lovers
by: fiesta

Bitter tasting turnip greens are the best of all. I had Bitter turnip greens with corn meal dumplings, years ago when I visited Southwest Arkansas. I would love to find them closer to my home in Chicago Illinois.

Apr 13, 2010
Try Kale or Swiss Chard
by: Anonymous

I know this isn't the answer to the question but I eat sauteed kale and Swiss chard. Similar to greens but not as much work and no bitterness.

Apr 07, 2010
Bitter Turnip Greens
by: Anonymous

I know of two ways to cook turnips that will not be bitter. The easiest method would be to place a potato in the water while the turnip greens boil. The potato will absorb the bitterness from the greens rendering them just right for eating.

The second option, is to change the water a few times, discarding the old and replacing with fresh water -- this to removes the bitterness from turnips.

Hope this helps!!

If anyone knows of another method or a better way of doing this please speak up.

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