~ TURNIP Seed ~
When to sow?
There are basically two options:
To eat Turnips in summer and autumn: sow from spring
to midsummer (the most normal timing)
To eat Turnips in winter: You need Maincrop types. Sow
early summer, eat fresh when small in autumn, and lift for storage overwinter.
= normal sowing / harvest times
= alternative or experimental sowing / harvest times
~ First-early Turnips ~
for spring sowing & harvest in June
Milan White (a.k.a. "Bianca Piatta Quarantina")
This pure-white turnip is a good first-early variety from Milan in Italy, sown in spring, for harvest of tender white roots about six weeks later.
It did very well in our blind-tasting trials, with a good texture and flavour. It's a decent size, and very quick, and
we think it is a great one to sow at the start of the season for the
earliest turnips of the year.
Order TuBP - 2g of seed £1.53
Early Red Flat
A traditional variety from France, an excellent one to sow early for the first turnips of the year.
It makes nicely round, slightly flattened roots in about 40 days. These are deep red-purple on top where it sticks out of the soil, and bright white underneath.
Order TuRF - 2g of seed £1.08
~ Maincrop Turnips
for Spring Sowing (harvest in July)
or Summer Sowing (harvest in autumn)
Giant Limousin Turnip
This one is reputed to be the most productive of all the old French
traditional varieties. It is a maincrop round-ball white type.
Sown in Spring, it will come ready just after midsummer,
at the start of July. You can also resow around mid summer for harvest
It is famous for reaching 10 - 12 inches diameter
if left in the ground, but to be honest, you might prefer them a
bit smaller as Ben is holding on the left.
We did try them leaving them to get bigger - and
the one in the photo on the right was perfectly tender even at that
We found this one to have a fantastic flavour that
was a bit less 'turnipy' and subtly different from all the others,
and it was without any hardness even when large.
Do try it cooked with Paul's fabulous recipe: roast
turnip wedges with mustard and honey glaze - mmmm!
Order TuGL - 2g of seed £1.68