Turnip Milan Purple Top produces flat shaped roots of light purple and white with white flesh within. It is a fast to mature variety and is ideal for an early start under cloches.
Turnips are fast growing root vegetables which add a different flavour grated raw in salads, added to casseroles or served as a separate vegetable completely. When pulled young, they are a far cry from the woody, sad examples that can often be seen in the supermarkets today.
WHEN TO SOW
March to June
WHERE TO SOW
Early sowings are best made under cloches . Sow seed direct into growing site in seed drills 2cm (3/4in) deep with rows spaced 30cm (12in) apart. Sow in succession every 14 days to prolong the harvest period.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
As soon as first rough leaves appear , thin to 10cm (4in) apart . Harvest from when roots are golf ball size, pull alternate roots to maximise crop. Water regularly during hot dry weather to prevent roots from going woody .
June to October
Can be grown for turnip tops, an alternative to spinach. Sow a little thicker but do not thin, treat as cut and come again crop.
A good source of Vitamins B6 and a very good source of dietary fibre and Vitamin C.