Turnip 'Purple Top White Globe' Seed Pack

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Many nutritionists encourage people to eat a "rainbow of vegetables," and while that is excellent advice, don't overlook the white vegetables such as turnips. Like beets, this is another "two-fer" vegetable, with delectable, nutrition-packed greens and delicious roots that can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, braised, or mashed. It's a great crop choice for the Pacific NW, as turnips are frost tolerant and roots mature in about 50 days. Even before harvesting the beautiful purple-shouldered globes, up to 25% of the young greens may be harvested with no ill-effects to the root growth. 

Botanical Name: Brassica rapa
Mature Size: 2"–6" diameter roots. Greens are 14"–22" tall with leaf blades 3"–5" wide.
Light: Sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial, grown as an annual; will withstand light frost.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperatures reach 50°F, ideally 65°–80°F.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Special Germination Instructions: Successive Sowings: Every 2 weeks up to 8 to 10 weeks before your average first fall frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5 - 10 days
Seed Depth: 1/4"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 4"–6"
Row Spacing: 18"
Thinning: Thin to 1 every 4"–6"
Maturity Date: 50 days.
When to Harvest: harvest when roots are no larger than 2" in diameter; however, a 3" root will still be of quite good quality. If sown for baby greens, harvest greens at 2"–4" tall. Harvesting no more than 25% of the plant's leaves at a time will not affect the plant's ab
Additional Info: If allowed to grow larger, up to 6", the quality will not be the best for raw use, but will be fine for cooking.
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