Turnips into Chicken Food
I have some mammoth purple turnips in my garden. They are a new organic seed variety I obtained through mail order. This week, I pulled up several and prepared them for dinner. I boiled them, mashed them with butter and served them with a dollop of sour cream. Most turnips I've eaten are very mild--not so these. Oh my! For whatever reason, they've taken on a bitter flavor. I couldn't eat them and consigned them to the compost.
After I harvested my peas this morning, I pulled up two of those very disappointing turnips and tossed them in to my jabbering chickens. When I returned this evening to pick eggs all of the turnips had been devoured. I love my chickens. Here I was feeling bad and wondering what to do with the turnip crop and I discover that I have another food source for another food source--full circle.