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Turnips - How to Grow Them?

I like turnips.
I buy lots of turnips, from the farmers as often as I can find them.
I have not had much luck growing them... Can anyone give me some insight on turnip growing?

I boil them up... add a bit of sugar, butter, salt and pepper... yum

But, I also like raw turnips.. for just snacking.

I would like to learn about growing them, as well as, more recipes for using them... You all taught me so well about radishes...

I think it is turnip planting time here... so I need some timely input.. over the next few weeks at least.

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Location: Middleburg Hts., OH

Haven't grown them before but my favorite use for them is mashed potatoes, turnips, and parsnips. The turnips are the most stubborn of the three so I cut them smaller and get them in the water while I prep the rest of the veg. I also tend to use a touch less potato since store potatoes are pretty boring compared to the bite of parsnip and horseradish.

10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

‣ 5 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato (about 2 pounds)
‣ 3 cups chopped parsnip (about 1 pound)
‣ 3 cups chopped peeled turnip (about 1 pound)
‣ 1/4 cup butter
‣ 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
‣ 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
‣ 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Place first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
Stir in butter and remaining ingredients; mash mixture with a potato masher to desired consistency.

Nutritional Information
160 (28% from fat)

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Turnips huh? I have never grown them and can't remember the last time, if ever, having them. I guess that is held over from the childhood hatred of such things.

Beets, spinach, turnips, radishes etc. Though I now can't enough of spinach and am now growing radishes. I need to branch out a little further.

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