The turnip is a root vegetable belonging to the Brassicaceaefamily ,like cabbage. This vegetable originated in Eastern Europe and has always been very popular throughout the centuries because of its taste and ease of production. The turnip is a key ingredient in many rustic recipes and regional dishes. It is especially praised for its nutritional value, which is particularly sought after in autumn and winter. Gorged with water, it is an important source of vitamin C.
There are about thirty varieties of turnips. These are of varying shapes and colours and are divided into three families: early varieties (the Milan turnip), seasonal varieties (the Nancy turnip) and late varieties (the hard white winter turnip). The turnip is an easy food to grow. It does not appreciate the sun and is satisfied with water and a little compost. Simply sow it in the vegetable garden to plant it. It is an annual plant that can be cultivated twice a year and grows throughout the year.
It is preferable to plant the turnip in a fresh soil rich in humus. It grows best in a mild, temperate and humid climate. The supply of water must be substantial enough for the root to develop well and its taste is not too bitter. As for the calendar, the turnip is generally harvested two or three months after sowing.