Purple Top Turnip
Purple Top Turnip is a white-fleshed turnip with white skin and a purple-tinged top. It has a wide variety of uses as a cover crop and in culinary, the 5-inch bulbs are prepared raw, roasted, boiled, or stir-fried and the greens are edible for salads and cooked preparations. Turnips are easily grown in window boxes or containers on an apartment balcony or patio. Turnip greens are high in minerals and vitamins A and C.
Also Known As: American Turnip, White Turnip
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||Turnip, Purple Top
Brassica rapa var. rapa
|Days to Germinate:||4-9
|Days to Harvest:||55
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation and Fertilizing:
Planting:Plant turnips as soon as the soil can be worked in the Spring. In southern states, turnips can grow well all winter. Soil temperature should be at least 40F for seeds to sprout. Bed the soil into 6-8-inch-tall raised ridges to allow soil to drain and let air enter soil. Space the ridges 18-24 inches apart from center to center. Widen the planting bed next by patting down or dragging the top of the ridge flat with a hoe or rake. This will make an 8-10 inch flat raised planting bed. Use a hoe handle or stick to make a 1/4 inch furrow deep down the center of the ridge. Plant 1-2 seeds in the furrows spaced 1-2 inches apart within the rows. Cover lightly with loose soil then sprinkle with water. For a Fall crop, start planting 8-10 weeks before the first expected frost. During Fall planting, you may cover the seeds with sand or light-colored mulch to keep the row cool. For turnip greens, make 2 or 3 plantings 10 days apart for a continuous supply of fresh turnip greens.
|Planting Depth:||1/2 inch|
Care During the Season:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 82 mg||3%|
|Potassium 233 mg||6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8 g||2%|
|Dietary fiber 2.2 g||8%|
|Sugar 4.6 g|
|Protein 1.1 g||2%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||42%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||5%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|