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Turnip greens facts

Information on Turnip Greens

Turnip green is the name given to the edible parts of the turnip plant. Turnip greens are its edible leaves, but the turnip plant’s roots are edible as well. Turnip is a vegetable usually characterized by a whitish color of its root. It comes from the family known as Brassicaceae.

It also belongs to the genus of Brassica. All the different types of plants that come from this family are cabbage and mustard plants and they also include certain other well known types of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale and radish. Turnip has been used by numerous cultures for many centuries.

The history of ancient Greece and Rome shows that the people from those times used it widely. The popularity of turnips gradually decreased as the popularity of the potato grew simultaneously.

The European settlers introduced the turnip to the soil of the North America. It became a part of the local cuisine, and the settlers even used its leaves for some dishes and recipes. Turnips are also quite popular in the cuisine of numerous South American countries. It is a well known fact that slave owners in the aforementioned regions always kept the turnip roots for themselves and they left the leaves to the slaves.

Nutritional Value of Turnip Greens

Turnip plant is botanically referred to as brassica rapa and the greens are actually the leaves of the plant. They have a bitter taste and they are smaller than collards. They are also very rough and hairy. The taste may resemble the taste of mustard greens as it is very pungent. Turnip greens contain numerous different types of important nutrients such as copper. A serving of 145 grams of turnip greens contains approximately 2 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber and no cholesterol at all. The serving contains approximately 29 calories. The same serving of 145 grams of turnip greens also contains 7917.12 International Units of vitamin A, 1.3 micrograms of selenium, 4752 micrograms of beta carotene, 31.68 milligrams of magnesium, 39.46 milligrams of vitamin C, 41.76 milligrams of phosphorus, 2.48 milligrams of vitamin E, 292.32 milligrams of potassium, 170, 5 micrograms of folate, 197.28 milligrams of calcium and 529.34 micrograms of vitamin K.

Turnip Greens Health Benefits

Turnip greens are very efficient in boosting the functions of the immune system and preventing the occurrence of certain medical conditions such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also beneficial in preventing certain types of cancer and heart diseases. 

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