Need some easy tips for planting turnips in your backyard vegetable garden?
Learn how to plants, care for, and harvest turnips when home gardening.
Turnips are a cool-season vegetable grown for their edible roots.
Growing turnips is a better choice for small gardens other than growing rutabagas.
The roots of the white turnips are smaller and mature much faster than rutabagas.
The turnip variety 'Tokyo Cross' requires only 35 days to produce round white turnips that can be used like radishes.
Immature turnip tops are frequently used as greens and can be frozen or canned.
Growing turnips originated in western Asia and around the Mediterranean in prehistoric times.
Although there are white and yellow forms, most turnips are white-fleshed.
Turnips have rough, hairy leaves, are fast-growing, and get pithy in a short time.
The crops do well in both spring and fall plantings, maturing in 60 days or less.
‘Purple Top White Globe' is a standard variety for roots that is ready for harvest in 58 days.
‘Just Right' is a white hybrid for greens or roots that can be harvested in 37 days.
To avoid the over-sized, tough roots often found in supermarkets, begin to harvest turnips when they are less than 4 inches in diameter.
Planting turnips provides you a vegetable dish to complement many other foods, especially meats, sausage, chicken, and fish.
Turnips can be served as a puree, made into soufflés, or cut into little flowerettes.
Other serving ideas are to cook turnips in broth, cut into cubes and boil, or serve steamed with butter, salt, and a touch of garlic.
The root can be baked alongside a roast in its drippings, in stew, or included in homemade vegetable soup.
If you have self-declared turnip-haters in your home, try this experiment.
Cook young turnips, drain, puree them very smoothly in a blender, and beat them together with an equal quantity of mashed potatoes, using the usual butter, salt, and pepper.
Serve this with roast turkey and take in all the compliments before disclosing the secret ingredient!