Turnips are available from February until August but their main growing season is from March until July.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator. 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 flavour
- 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
Turnips are a good source of vitamin C and a source of dietary fibre.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.