Turnips are actually related to broccoli rabe, collard greens and pac choi. The leaves are nutrient-rich and can be eaten like other greens while the bulbous root has entirely different culinary uses. The Purple Top White Globe turnip is an heirloom variety that bears resemblance to a radish in the fact that it has a purple top and remains small. They are considered mature at 2″ in diameter. The leaves can be eaten young with the root maturing in 55 days. The small size makes for a more tender, sweeter vegetable. Purple Top white globe turnip is an excellent choice for microgreens and sprouts.They can be sliced thin and eaten raw or pickled or in place of radishes in any dish. If cooked, the small size will also cut down on the cooking time as compared to traditional turnips. Turnips can also be used to help break up compacted soil no-till methods of growing. For the same reason and because of its high mineral content, purple top white globe turnip is also a popular choice in pasture mixes.
Growing Information: This heirloom variety can be grown by direct sowing outdoors as soon as the ground is workable. Turnip seedlings are tolerant of some frost. So you can start early and grow successive crops into the fall. Sow seeds at a depth of about 1/4″-1/2″ with a spacing of 6″ between plants and 1-2 feet between rows. it enjoys full sun to partial sun and requires moderate watering.
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