These days you can hardly find them in the kitchen anymore: turnip greens. A pity, because these leafy vegetables are incredibly healthy. Quickly get the green leaves of the turnip into the house; when the summer begins, the season is already over.
Lots of vitamins
Simply because of the vitamins, turnip greens would deserve a boost. This forgotten vegetable is rich in vitamins B and C.
Good iron absorption
We also become large and strong from these leaves. In addition to the necessary vitamins, just like spinach, turnip greens contain a lot of iron. Thanks to the vitamin C in turnip stalks, the iron is better absorbed. Do you have an iron deficiency? Then make a large salad with turnip greens or go for a turnip stew.
Turnip greens belong to the group of nitrate-rich vegetables. Nitrate is mainly found in leafy vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, beetroot, endive and celery. Nitrate is harmless, but in the body it can be converted into nitrite and subsequently into harmful nitrosamines.
Nitrate can’t hurt
Previous studies had shown that it was possible to get too much nitrate through the frequent consumption of nitrate-rich vegetables. Until recently, according to the Dutch Nutrition Center, it was better not to eat nitrate-rich vegetables too often, and certainly not in combination with fish. These recommendations have recently been amended: all restrictions on eating nitrate-rich vegetables such as spinach or lettuce have been removed. New analysis data shows that eating nitrate-rich vegetables poses virtually no health risk. Even in combination with fish, the vegetables can do no harm. The advice not to reheat nitrate-rich vegetables had already been dropped.