How To Grow Turnips And Their Benefits

Turnips are easy to grow and mature in around 6-10 weeks. Native to eastern Asia, turnips are a root vegetable from the mustard family(Brassicaceae). In the kitchen, turnips can be used like potatoes, mashed, steamed, sautéed, etc. Not to mention, their slight spiciness, like a milder radish, goes well with many meals. In this article, we will share how to grow turnips, the nutrients and health benefits that can be gained from adding this vegetable to your diet.

How To Grow Turnips

Turnips can be grown throughout almost the whole year, sow turnips outdoors from early-mid spring for a late spring-early summer harvest. Sow turnips from mid-late summer for an autumn harvest, and sow in mid-late autumn for a winter harvest.

Grow turnips in trenches or raised garden beds in full sun or partial shade. Sow turnip seeds around 1cm deep, 6-8 inches apart in well-drained soil with organic matter such as compost or manure. Water regularly, especially in dry spells, and keep the soil moist. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a bone, blood, or fish meal.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Both leaves and roots of turnips are highly nutritional. They contain vitamins A, C, K, and B-9, minerals such as phosphorus, and calcium. In addition, they offer many health benefits such as containing anti-cancer properties, helping control blood sugar levels, may provide anti-inflammatory effects, and may protect against harmful bacteria. There are other potential health benefits such as dining to weight loss, and may protect bone health, and protect your liver.

Turnips are easy to add to your diet, use them like potatoes, alongside potatoes, and may meats and vegetables. Try slicing turnips into thin layers, and baking them into delicious, and crunchy crisps. Add turnips to your favourite roasted vegetables to make an amazing side, etc.