White Egg Turnip


White Egg Turnip

Brassica rapa
(45 days) Open-pollinated. A staple of seed catalogs throughout most of the 19th century. Henderson in 1902 praised its perfectly smooth skin and snowy white flesh. Roots are egg-shaped, grow rapidly half out of the ground, ideal for early market bunching before they attain full size. The flesh is very sweet, so mild they can be eaten raw fresh from the garden, also good for pickling. Keeps well; flavor intensifies in storage.

2372 White Egg Turnip
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A: 1/8oz for $2.75  
B: 1/2oz for $3.50  
C: 1oz for $4.50  
D: 4oz for $8.25  
E: 1lb for $17.00  
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Turnips & Rutabagas

  • About 6,000-12,000 seeds/oz.
  • open-pollinated except where noted
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding.

    Culture: Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60-85°. Direct seed at 1 seed per inch, sown in rows 1–2' apart. Thin to 2" apart for small salad turnips, and 3–4" for full-sized roots. Turnips have a shorter growing season and are not as cold-hardy or as good keepers as rutabagas. Turnips are best picked before they get large and fibrous. Rutabagas, also known as Swedish turnips or Swedes, form enlarged roots above ground with a finely branched system below.

    Disease: DM: Downy Mildew

    Note: Because of quarantine, we cannot ship rutabagas and turnips in packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) into the Willamette Valley of Oregon except those that have tested negative for Black Leg and Black Rot.

    Insect Pest: Adult Cabbage Fly, Delia spp., (AKA cabbage root fly, turnip fly) lay their eggs near the base of the main stem of brassica roots. The maggot can damage your root crop. Row cover can exclude the adult flies from laying eggs. Long crop rotation between brassica crops and thorough incorporation of all crop debris in fall reduces the overwintering maggots and interrupts the generational cycle. Old-timers in Maine always made the seed bed as clean as possible, with no visible organic matter, and avoided sowing fall turnips and rutabagas until after July 4. A late crop is better than a wormy one!

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.