Heirloom Turnip Seeds
Harvesting Heirloom Turnip Seeds
Turnips are pollinated by bees and will cross readily with other turnips, so you should only allow one type to flower at a time. When selecting summer turnips for seed saving, select those with the best shape, size, and color. Seeds are yellow when mature, later turning to brown. Familiar turnips produce green seedpods by midsummer. These pods will not split open when mature. When the pods turn brown pull up the plant and stack or hang them in a well-ventilated spot to dry. Remove the seeds by hand or put them in a sack and crush them (winnow). Heirloom turnip seeds are harvested ANNUALLY.
Purple Top White Globe
A delicious, mildly sweet variety that has been a gardener’s favorite for decades. You can use the Purple Top White Globe Turnip in soups, stews, salads—or even eaten raw! They’re great steamed, roasted, and pan fried. Maturity: 45-65 days
A lot of people pass by turnips in the supermarket, but when you’re ready to grow your own, you should know the health benefits of what you’re growing. Turnips are full of nutritional benefits. They are full of fiber and vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6—but that’s not all. Turnips are a powerhouse containing manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, and (of course) protein! Additionally, don’t make a common mistake and throw away the turnip greens! They’re edible and considered a cruciferous vegetable. The greens are also high in vital nutrients and are an excellent addition to your salads.
Turnips also aid in liver and kidney function, digestion, and blood sugar management. They also contain anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties. All these benefits only scratch the surface, so make sure you add heirloom turnip seeds to your ARK Seed Kit.