(Brassica rapa) The Purple Top White Globe Turnip dates back to the 1800s and has remained popular for its beautiful appearance, productive quality, and ease of growth.
This popular heirloom variety has a large purple to red top that fades into white on the bottom. It’s a tender, white-fleshed variety that grows quickly and keeps well, making it a top choice for markets and home gardens.
Enjoy Purple Top turnips fresh, roasted, or mashed like potatoes.
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Sow outside 2-4 weeks before average last frost and when soil temperatures reach at least 50°F. For a continuous harvest, plant successive sowings every 2 weeks up to 8-10 weeks before average last frost.
For better germination, soak seeds overnight in damp towel.
Plant in early spring, then again in late summer for a fall harvest.
Keep soil evenly moist to prevent turnips from getting woody.
Harvest when roots are no larger than 2-3" in diameter. If allowed to grow larger, up to 6", it will still work well for cooking or roasting, but will not be as nice for fresh eating.