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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Turnips are a cool season root vegetable. They produce a large purple and white bulbous taproot which have historically been a winter staple. They can be roasted, mashed, or eaten raw.

    Latin Name

    Brassica rapa var. rapa


    Family

    Brassicaceae


    Type of Plant

    Vegetable
    Annual

    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1.5'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe


    History

    In November of 1785, George Washington wrote in his diary, "Finished digging my Summer Turnips and putting them in a Cellar."


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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