Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Turnips
If you’re wondering how to cook turnips, you’re not alone. Both the turnip greens and roots are very nutritious. Turnip roots should generally be peeled and sliced before using them. Both turnip roots and turnip greens are usually cooked, though they can be eaten raw if young and tender.
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Peel the turnips before cutting up and blanching. As far a I know..they should,always be peeled.
Thanks, Peggy. Yes, if you plan to freeze turnips: Wash, peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Water blanch for 2 minutes. Cool promptly in cold water and drain. Pack into containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.
Hello! I'm looking to plant a fall crop of turnips so that they can be tucked into the root cellar for the winter. I live in zone 6a, and by the end of summer, it's still pretty hot here (80's-90's and bone-dry!) by August. What's the hottest temperatures these guys can stand and still germinate? We usually get snow after only after December, so I think I'd have plenty of time for them to mature. Thanks so much--your website is one of my favorites to consult for gardening.
I planted a row of turnips for the first time. It was early spring and the greens looked wonderful but there are no, zero bulbs. Just a root. The soil is loose, compost added and full sunlight most of the day. Any suggestions from this disappointed urban farmer?
Hi Dave, We’re sorry to hear this. Turnips have problems in excessive heat and compact osil but sounds like neither were an issue. We wonder if your compost-heavy soil had too much nitrogen. Lots of nitrogen will result in plenty of leafy growth but poor root growth. We would add some more phosphorus, like bone meal, to the soil if you try again.
My turnips are beautiful, but they don't taste very good. Is it just because they are spring turnips? Can I add something to the soil that will make them sweeter?
Turnips do taste better when they’re an autumn crop. They’re also sweeter when young and tender. They taste more like a potato when older.
For sweeter turnips, plant in late summer or early fall and leave them in the ground beyond a light frost and they’ll taste even sweeter.
Also, raw turnips can have a bitter taste if consumed raw (for some folks) but they’ll smell and taste sweet upon cooking them properly, much like beets (but less earthy).
Hi, how many turnip seeds should I plant in order to harvest half a sack of turnips?
And, how much space do I need if I want to harvest half a sack of turnips?
(I am going to try out an old story/gardening anecdote that is about a hundred years old).
(I don't know the size of the sack, by the way. I am hoping an old farmer will know, back then, years ago, what is meant by half a sack). (Like how they know what a bushel and a peck are).
A sack of seed depends on how much land and quantity you are wanting to plant. Check out Sustainable Seed Company site. for seed counts and germination, to give you more specific quantities in a sack.
Wash & quarter turnips. Drizzle & toss with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt & Rosemary leaves. Bake at 375, for about 30 minutes, tossing with a spatula about every 10 minutes to evenly brown them. Delicious!