While shopping for vegetables at our local market, I recently ran across some great looking Mairübchen, baby turnips sold with their greens still attached. I bought them with the initial idea of serving these as a simple turnip salad, nothing more than sliced turnips in an Italian style vinaigrette. As usual I would have thrown the greens away. But then I remembered something I had read only recently from RussParsons on the LA Times: a very nice article entitled Eat shoots, leaves (requires registration). Looking at the turnip greens I couldn't stop thinking about the following line I had read there: "A veggie's most delicious bits are what often goes in the can.". What to do with those greens?
Eating them simply as greens would have been the obvious choice, but why not try and combine them to the turnips themselves? The idea of having the whole vegetable on a plate tickled my phantasy and so I started to toy with the idea of a salad with cold turnip slices and hot sauteed greens. Daniela, my wife, was not exactly enthusiastic about my culinary curiosity. Was I sure we could eat those greens? Was I going to poison us?