How to cook run up turnip greens?

I have cooked all sorts of greens all my life, but I was given some turnip greens that have run up or almost sprouted. This happens after the roots have matured. Can anyone add any advice about how is the best way to cook these? Do I remove all the stems and buds from the center and cook them the same way as fresh young turnips?

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Oct 28, 2015
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Love me some run ups!
by: JackieJune

I'm from Alabama, so turnips are my maiden name! I saw an episode of the chef's life featuring the run ups. I was drooling especially when she and her Mama drank the pot liquor.
I live in Waikiki and have a garden plot in the Diamondhead Community Garden, and it's filled with all kinds of greens. Collards, Bok Choi, Pak Choi, Portuguese Cabbage , Spinach, Turnip and Mustard greens, and three kinds of Kale. But no run ups. Hawaii is a tropical paradise with an average of 80 degree weather almost every day so you never get that cold snap of frost in the fall that give those greens a distinctive flavor. So I go back to my apartment and discover on the Lanai, a pot of run ups that were growing by accident in a potted Hibiscus. I would start seeds on the Lanai and transfer them to the garden later. The roots of the turnips were gnarly, but the greens were outrageous! I left the roots alone, and every week have me a fresh bowl of Alabama Nirvana; runups.

Jun 07, 2015
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Anyone Know How To Grow Run Ups
by: Lynda

Anyone know how to grow run up?

The lady at the farm stand who sold Miss Scarlet the run ups said those were grown from seed in the spring. If they run up from fall plants, then you don't get to harvest the root. I really want to know how to grow these. I'm from Mississippi , and I've never heard of run ups!! I cook every country vegetable you can think of...i have to be able to do this.

Apr 14, 2015
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Turnip Green Run Ups
by: Cobie

I just pick the tender greens off the stalks and cook them as always with a little salt , olive oil and garlic bulbs. For the true Southern way, brown some streak of lean in the pan before adding the greens, Add the washed greens, some water (they will cook down like spinach) and salt and bring to a boil and simmer for 20-45 minutes or until they are as tender as you prefer.
These are much better than the Fall greens to me. Oh so tender. Watch the Chef's Life too. It is a great episode.
Enjoy!

Jan 02, 2015
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Run up turnip greens
by: Anonymous

Check out the episode of A Chefs Life on OPS for ideas. You just cook them without any seasoning except with dry sausage in the pot with water.

Dec 30, 2014
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Run up turnip greens
by: Anonymous

Just watched "A Chefs Life" on PBS (most recent episode to date.) They were talking about Run Up Turnip Greens and cooking them! Hope you find it helpful!

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