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General Information:

Yellow Turnips have a pale straw to cornflower yellow hue.  The roots are globular and come to a long thin tapered point.  The fresh flesh of the Yellow turnip is firm and crunchy. The flavor is slightly earthy and exceptionally sweet, with peppery undertones reminiscent of a radish. In terms of taste, turnips taste like a cross between cabbages and radishes. They are bitter when raw, but have a distinctive but mild spicy tang when cooked.

Specifications of Turnip Yellow:

Plant Type Annual vegetable
Mature Size 12–18 in. tall; 6- to 8-in. spread
Sun Exposure Full sun to part shade
Soil Type Sandy, well-draining
Soil pH Slightly acidic (6.0–6.5)

Health Benefits of Turnip Yellow:

  • Turnips have glucosinolates — plant-based chemicals that may help prevent all kinds of cancer, from breast to prostate.
  • Improves Eye health.
  • Turnips are rich in the antioxidant lutein.
  • This keeps your eyes healthy and wards off problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Turnips have a significant amount of calcium, which also helps your heart, muscles, and nerves.

Planting and Care:

  • Turnips thrive in full sun but can make do with part shade.
  • Good soil fertility will help them grow quickly. Make sure the soil is well-draining so the roots don’t rot.
  • At least 1 inch of water per week is vital for good root development. Turnips need to grow quickly, and regular water along with a rich soil, will help them do that. Dryer conditions make the roots more pungent, while uniform water makes for the best flavor.
  • Make sure the soil has plenty of organic matter in it before you sow the seeds.