Turnip, Golden Ball

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Geography/History:
Handsome heirloom turnip first recorded in France as early as 1854. Also known as Orange Jelly Turnip, it has creamy yellow to truly orange flesh depending on the soil type and is best eaten at golf ball size. The taste is mildly sweet with an almond after taste complementing cooked carrots when served together. The tops are also edible as greens. Can be grown most of the year.

Nutritional Value:

From a nutritional standpoint the leaves are the most important part. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E, B6 and K folate, chlorophyll and some important phytochemicals (including isothiocyanates). They are also an excellent source of the minerals calcium, copper and manganese. In addition, turnip greens are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Sun:                              Full
Spacing:                      4″ – 6″
Height:                        14’′ – 25’′
Optimum Soil Ph:    6 to 6.5
Days To Maturity:    70
Sowing Method:       Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:
Heirloom turnip seeds can be planted in early spring or early fall.    Plant turnip seeds 1” apart and thin weakest seedlings to desired spacing.  Keep soil evenly moist to prevent roots from getting woody.  For longer harvest, stagger turnip plantings every 2-3 weeks.

 

 

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