Burn-beating Turnip, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

Burn-beating Turnip, is an old turnip from Finland named for its frequent use in burn-beating. It thrived in the nutrient-filled ashes, which also kept most pests away. The root is a marked flattened round, white below ground and usually violet above, a few get a yellow or green neck. The leaf-hold is small as is the root. The flesh is white, tender and freee of threads. This turnip is easy to grow without burn-beating. A portion contains about 150 seeds.


 

Product number:5790
Scientific name:Brassica rapa
Botanic family:The Mustard Family - Brassicaceae
Organic:Yes
Days to maturity:65
Lifespan:Biannual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:April–August
Sowing depth:1 cm
Germination time:3–6 days
Plant spacing:15 cm
Row spacing:30 cm
Height:40 cm
Plant location:Sun–Half shade
Harvest/blooming:July–October
Seeds/g:400–600 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

Sow gradually when the soil is ready in spring, about 1 cm deep until August in the South. Roots for winter storage should be sown in July.

Spacing

Thin out to 15 cm between the plants and keep a distance of 30 cm between the rows.

Harvest

Small turnips are the tastiest ones. Begin harvesting when they are 5 cm in circumference and use them raw, sliced, grated or in casseroles, gratins and soups or fried, oven baked, mashed and porridge, wherever they may fit. They must have been cooked in many different ways for millennia. The Romans, for instance, ate the turnips with honey. During the Middle Ages Royalty were regaled with sculpted turnips in the most exquisite of shapes. Imagination only sets the limits. In today's cookery books there are no recipes for turnips so everyone is free to experiment.

Seed

4-600 seeds/g, one portion sows 5-7 m.
A portion contains about 150 seeds.