Brassica Rapa The turnip is one of the oldest cultivated vegetable and thought to have originated in northern Europe about 2000 BC. A versatile garden vegetable - the tops can be eaten as greens and the roots are excellent for storing, canning or freezing. Turnips contain potassium, iron, and fiber, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C. The greens are even more nutritious and considered one of the best flavors in the greens category. This variety is a round, white turnip, 5" in diameter, with bright purple color around the top where exposed to sunlight. Mildly sweet, harvest at around 3 inches wide. Turnips are a cool-weather vegetable crop. They are grown in the fall, winter, and spring in the South, and in the spring and fall in the North. Full to part sun. Easy to grow, harvest in 50-60 days. Seeds can be collected; grow them again next year! This variety stores well. Direct (in the ground) sowing is recommended (after last frost.) Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil. 5 to 10 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. Space plants at least 8 inches apart.