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.