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You can buy turnips from February until August but their main growing season is from March until July.


Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.



Turnips have been a popular vegetable since Roman times.



  • This white root is a prized vegetable in many cuisines and is used often in French and Japanese cooking
  • Varieties vary in size and shape with roots being generally round or a flattened globe shape
  • Turnips have a delicate flavour and are best eaten when young and tender; older turnips have a stronger flavor


Growing Facts

  • Plant in August for a pre-summer crop of February to April for an autumn crop
  • Turnips take about six to 10 weeks to mature to a good size

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 61g - 1/2 cup, boiled and mashed

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 53/13 87/21
Protein (g) 0.4 0.7
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0.3
- saturated (g) trace trace
Carbohydrate (g) 1.4 2.3
- sugars (g) 1.3 2.2
Fibre (g) 1.9 3.1
Sodium (mg) 17 28
Vitamin C (mg) 10.4 17
Niacin (mg) 0.6 1.0
Calcium (mg) 33.6 55
Iron (mg) 0.24 0.4

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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