How to Cook Turnip Greens and Mustard Greens

Turnip and Mustard Greens

If you love collard greens you'll definitely love cooking turnip greens and mustard greens.  When combined together, turnip and mustard greens make for a more tastier and healthier meal when compared to collard greens.

Cooking a nutritious vegetable like turnips and mustard greens is just as simple as cooking up the collard greens that Grandma use to make.  

To start with you just head to your local grocery store or farmers market to pick up a bundle of turnips and mustard greens.

While you're there be sure to get yourself a ham hock, salt pork, or bacon.

Choose whichever meat you prefer, the choice is yours to make. Armed with your fresh ingredients you're ready for the recipe.

Mustard and Turnip Greens

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 ham hock
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 1 pound turnip greens
  • 1 pound mustard greens
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Before we start cooking the greens let get the ham hock cooking. Rinse ham hock and place in pot and cover with water. Bring water to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to just above simmer and let meat cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours until meat is tender. Add additionally water if necessary.
  2. While the ham hocks are cooking go ahead, cut and clean your greens. Remove greens from the stems. Place several greens in layers (stack several leaves on top of each other) and roll them up. Using a cutting board and knife cut leaves into 1 inch thick strips.
  3. Next rinses cut greens several times in cold water to remove dirt or sand.
  4. When your ham hocks start to become tender, add the greens, bouillon cube, chopped onion, and sugar to pot. Bring water to bowl. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 1-2 hours until greens are tender. Stir your greens often to distribute the ham hock and increase the flavor. Once your greens began to become tender add salt and pepper to taste.

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Serve your collard greens with corn bread and your favorite meat dish.

Turnip and mustard greens are nutritional powerhouses that pack a punch of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber into every serving. They are high in Vitamin C, which is important for boosting the immune system, healing wounds faster and promoting healthy skin. Both types of greens contain good amounts of Vitamin A which helps promote healthy eyesight as well as support the growth and maintenance of bones, teeth and skin.

Turnip greens are an excellent source of dietary fiber, providing seven grams per cup when cooked. Mustard greens boast an impressive amount of calcium; 10% of your daily value per cup when cooked. Eating these veggies also provides a wealth of other nutrients such as vitamin K, folate, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Not only do turnip and mustard greens taste great but they’re also incredibly nutritious!