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Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'

Brassica rapa glabra 'Early Purple Wonder'

A highly underrated vegetable, the delicious 'Early Purple Wonder' turnip has been widely grown since the 1800's and is still today enjoyed as a replacement for potatoes. The Early Purple Wonder turnip is a swollen taproot with white globes and purple shoulders, and are known to be low in fats and carbohydrate-rich. Not only is it enjoyed in the culinary world in its raw and cooked forms, but it is also known for its health benefits and the ease with which it can be grown either in your garden or in containers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Harvest some turnips very early as turnip greens. Harvest early types after about 5 weeks; main crop types after 6 to 10 weeks. Harvest turnips at any size you wish. The small, young turnips are nice and tender. Pull mature turnips before they become woody and before the first frost. Store for up to 3 or 4 months in a cool outdoor place covered with straw.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring and Summer in cold climates or in Autumn and winter in warmer Climates. Sow 10 - 12 mm deep and in rows spaced 30cm apart.

Special features

Drought resistant
It is relatively drought tolerant once well-established.
Pot plant
Grows well in large containers with sufficient drainage holes. Opt for a lighter-colored container that will reflect light to ensure it is cooler and not too hot.

Geography

Origin
Central Europe and Asia.
Natural climate
Temperate to Cool climate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Useful in treating diverticulosis, lowering blood pressure, fighting cancer, for weight loss, digestion and detox, as well as maintaining vision.
Edible
The roots can be eaten raw or grated, glazed, sauteed in butter, cooked in cream, or used in soups and stews. Also grown as feed for livestock.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Brassicaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include root maggots, aphids, flea beetles, slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage worms, and wireworms. Diseases include fusarium wilt, southern blight, soft rot, black rot, brown heart, damping off, and powdery mildew.

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