Growing Hakurei Turnips In The Home Garden

Three round white turnips with stems sit on a wooden surface

Japanese salad turnips are versatile root vegetables with leaves that are delicious raw or cooked. The Hakurei turnip was developed in the 1950s to combat food shortages from the war. It is also called Tokyo turnip and produces more quickly than its cousins. The small, globe roots are sweet and ready to eat in just 38 days. Turnips are cool season vegetables, suitable for planting in spring and fall. A salad turnip is one grown not only for its root, but especially for the tasty leaves. Turnips are an introduced plant to North America. They originally hailed from eastern Asia and parts of Europe. They are in the Brassicaceae family, which includes broccoli and cabbage. Turnips were once used as little vegetable lanterns, prior to being replaced by pumpkins. Hakurei turnips are a little small to make into lanterns, but their sweet taste colored with classic brassica zing, makes them […]

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