Bill and I have always disliked turnips. Then last year we heard rave reviews about the Japanese Hakurei turnips. Although I could hardly believe that we would enjoy any kind of turnip, I tried them last fall. We loved them!
In my hopes to get some delicious Hakurei turnips ahead of the season, I sowed the Hakurei seed in a jug via the wintersown method on January 28, 2012 and another the second week in February. The first jug I transplanted into the garden on February 22nd and the second jug was transplanted into the garden on March 8th. The roots on the seedlings looked good and my hopes were high.
I was not disappointed. They may have been a little slower growing than when you direct seed into the garden in the spring, but they did reach just the right size just after mid-April. Since then we’ve enjoyed more than a dozen with others waiting in garden from those same two plantings.
I’ve read that a lot of folks like them raw, but our preferred method of preparation is roasting with just a rubbing of olive oil. Tender, sweet, and wonderful!
Bill considers the sauteed turnips greens served with a roasted turnip on top to be a gourmet treat.
Experimenting with the wintersown method has had some pretty nice payoffs. These early garden treats are one of the best.
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