Turnips/Rutabaga Simmered in Date Syrup (Maye' Al-Shalgham)

45 mins (prep 5, cooking 40)
5 ingredients
2 servings
We enjoy this delicious Iraqi recipe. It gives turnips/rutabaga/swedes a delicately sweet taste and a lovely hue. Modified from, Delights from the Garden of Eden by Nawal Nasrallah. NOTE: If using the small real white and purple type of turnip do not leave to soak in the water date syrup mixture after cooking as they may become waterlogged.

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  • 1 lb small turnip (by small i mean not the huge rutabagas, they are also called swedes in some european countries)
  • 4 tablespoons date molasses, i like to add more to taste (also called date syrup or dibis tamar in arabic, found in middle eastern stores)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • water, to cover


Serving Size (59.66 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 167.72 Calories from Fat 0.63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.07g 0.23%
Saturated Fat 0.01g 0.05%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 11.24mg 0.94%
Total Carbohydrate 44.28g 29.52%
Dietary Fiber 1.98 g 15.85%
Sugars 41.76 g %
Protein 0.54g 2.14%
Vitamin A 44.07IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 79.57mg% Iron 1.66mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients: