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Brassica rapa L. is the name of a cruciferous vegetable with an edible tuber that belongs to the same family as mustard and cabbages. Turnips are rich in calcium and low in calories and have a high content of vitamins A, C and B complex.
They were a common food among the ancient Greeks and Romans and became popular in southern Europe. They were generally used as an accompaniment in certain dishes.
Turnips are easy to grow and are ideal for kitchen gardens. The seeds can be planted in rows directly in the soil. They are ready to harvest after two months and should be stored in a cool place.
Whether the plant is flowering or not the leaves are called turnip greens. The leaves are very good to eat as they are tasty and their fibre helps ensure regular bowel movements.
Turnips can be cut into thin circles, fried and eaten like potato crisps.