Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From Simple Turnip to Glorious Lebanese Delicacy- '31 days'- day 24

Turnips are coming into high rotation with our CSA vegetable and fruit box. I've thrown them into soups and stews and mashed them into a 1/4 turnip, 3/4 potato mixture. But there is nothing more delicious turnip-wise than Lebanese turnip pickles. I made them, and then I looked up a recipe. I think I am close; we'll know in two days. They will live in the refrigerator while we eat them, so I didn't attempt to can them. 
enjoy their beautiful purple color- it won't last long!...start with a few turnips, peeled and cleaned
cut peeled, cleaned turnips into french fry-sized pieces and place into a well-washed jar
add a tablespoon of kosher salt, one cup of vinegar (I had red wine vinegar), and beet juice/water to cover the turnips. Place in refrigerator and wait for two days. The beet juice is for color and a bit of flavor. You can also tell if the turnips are completely pickled if the color has reached the center. If you go to a Lebanese restaurant, these will arrive at your table before you order like chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant. I can't wait to try and see if my version is as tasty as the store-bought ones!

“Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion.”  --The Talmud

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” --Leonardo da Vinci

“Live simply that others might simply live.” --Elizabeth Seaton

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)


  1. I suggest you try the above recipe but substitute hard boiled eggs for the turnips and add a few pieces of garlic. My mom's recipe included beet juice (unlike the bar variety that only has the vinegar). I'll have to try the turnip recipe, Sounds great !!


    1. is that 'D' for dad? because I am made your pickled eggs just a week ago- I think your garlic is a recent addition- you didn't do that when I was a kid- both ways are yummy

    2. You are correct on your assumptions. Just went to the market and forgot to buy a turnip and can of beets. Maybe next time - unless I forget and have another "old guy" moment (I refuse to say "senior" moment).


thanks for commenting! (comments on old posts are moderated)