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Salad turnips are so tender and tasty
Unlike larger turnips that get a bad rep because they can taste spicy when large, salad turnips are small. Also called baby turnips, they are excellent to eat in many ways. They are called salad turnips because they can be enjoyed raw. I also love them sauteed or roasted (large turnips are equally as delicious cooked that way). A little bit of butter and garlic with them is extra yummy!
They are a great little sweet root to enjoy
Certain turnip varieties make excellent salad turnips.
The standby for salad turnips are ‘Hakurei’ or ‘Tokyo’. I’ve also enjoyed other unique heirloom varieties, which aren’t traditional salad turnips, but are tender and work well *. In general, a salad turnip is one you can also enjoy thinly sliced and raw.
Great salad turnip types
- Tokyo Cross
- Thin Heirloom ‘ Hinona Kabu’ *
- Heirloom ‘Navet des vertus Marteau’ *
- Purple Top when very small
Where can you buy the salad turnips?
Because salad turnips are more of a gourmet vegetable, not all grocery stores will carry them. Check your produce aisle at your grocery store. You might find them at your local farmers market, natural health food store, or China town markets which offer great Asian crops.
You can also grow these turnips as they very easy to grow
They don’t take up much space in the home garden and are ready to harvest fast in 30-45 days.
If you grow turnips, the heat of the summer makes them spicy. They are a cool-season crop that prefers fall weather. You can also eat the turnip greens.
Johnnys Seed offers Hakurei Seeds
West Coast Seeds offers Tokyo Cross Turnips
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.