Turnip – Brassica rapa var. rapa
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Turnips are a root vegetable in the same family as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. While primarily grown for the edible root, the greens are also edible and can be prepared similarly to other dark leafy greens. They are grown annually as a cool season crop. Varieties that are suitable for California include Purple Top, Royal Crown, Scarlet Queen, De Milan, and Tokyo.
Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing turnips.
For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.