Common Name:  Purple Top White Globe Turnip

Scientific Name: Brassica rapa
Plant Type: Vegetable  Fresh young small turnips  turnip package

Soil type:  loamy

Height: to 2’

Requires: Sun


Purple Top White Globe Turnip is a biennial with an sweet edible bulb.  It takes about 45 days to grow, and can be eaten raw.  It is a low calorie root vegetable and the leafy top is an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins.  It is a good fall through spring vegetable to grow.  It also grows in a variety of zones (3-10)



Purple Top White Globe Turnip can have a strong flavour.  It is best to pick the ones that are small since they will have the sweetest flavor.  The smaller turnip can be eaten raw, such as when sliced and added to salads. However, the larger turnips can have the stronger taste we are used to.  The entire plant is edible and if you are baking you don’t have to remove the skin of the bulb.


The turnip tops should be eaten with a week.  The roots of the turnip plant can keep for up to a couple months in the refrigerator.

You can Freeze the turnips by blanching the vegetables.  First, cut the turnips. Then blanch for 2-3 minutes to “blanch”.  After blanching, place them into a ice bath water to cool completely (about 3 minutes or so), and drain the water completely. Seal tightly before freezing, if you have a vacuum sealer this is the best.   You can freeze them for 9 months.