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Turnip

Turnip Brassica rapa

Turnips for storing over winter are usually sown in July or August and thinned to about 15cm between plants. Earlier in the year, they can be sown closer together and harvested when young, but a steady supply of water is important to prevent woodiness. Watch out for flea beetles early on, and cabbage root fly later. Biennial, they form flowers in their second year, which are insect pollinated, so crossing will occur with other turnips and with some oriental greens and fodder crops.

Black Sugarsweet

This variety of Turnip was sent to HSL in 1994 by HSL Member Debby Banham, who bought it from a seed stall in La Ramblas, possibly the most famous street in the heart of Barcelona. It has a very long, sweet root that keeps well, even in winter. The white flesh is firm with a sugary flavour.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Kaskinauris

This variety was sent to us in 1994 by HSL Member Debby Banham, who bought it from a seed stall in Barcelona. The name is thought to be a Finnish compound word, “Kaski” meaning an area managed using ‘slash-and-burn’ cultivation (which ceased more than 100 years ago in Finland), and “nauris”, which is the Finnish word for turnip. This variety has a very sweet long root that keeps well even in winter. The flesh is white and firm with a sugary flavour.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Nabica

This variety from Portugal, where ‘nabica’ means a ‘turnip green’, which is grown for its leaves rather than the root. We recognise that there is low uniformity in the plants, but this may add to your interest in growing this variety.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Red Tankard

Red for 2011.This turnip is both early and productive, though originally considered a field rather than table variety. The turnips themselves are large, 20-25cm in depth 10-15cm in diameter crowned with large foliage. Its red-topped, white, firm flesh is sugary and well flavoured. Moores Rural New Yorker of July 1855 describes it as “a long turnip a good deal thought of by some, but not generally popular”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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