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How to Grow Turnips in Your Home Garden

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 3 min read

Turnips are root vegetables that belong to the Brassica rapa species along with napa cabbage, bok choy, bomdong, and rapini. Like other brassicas (rutabaga, parsnips, radishes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli), turnips are a hardy vegetable that can handle cold weather.

Round and white with purple tops (where the root has been exposed to sunlight in its final stages of growth), turnips have crunchy flesh that tastes a bit like cabbage. Mildly spicy when raw, turnips turn sweet, nutty, and earthy when cooked. Raw turnips have a crisp, starchy flesh; cooked turnips turn soft and velvety.