Turnip and Swede
The cultivation requirements for these two roots are very similar. Swedes are also known as rutabegas.
Sow seeds directly in the ground where they are to grow. Swedes take a little longer to mature so you should finish sowing their seeds about a month before you finish sowing turnip seeds.
- Mid – late spring in sub arctic areas
- Mid Spring – early summer and later summer for areas with cold winters
- Late winter - early spring and late summer - early autumn for areas with cool winters
- Midsummer – mid autumn in temperate areas
- Late summer – autumn in warm arid, subtropical and tropical areas
Turnips are ready to eat 10-12 weeds after germination. Swedes are ready between 12 and 16 weeks after germination.
Both vegetables are great roasted but can also be steamed, stir-fried or boiled.
Turnips are a an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and the mineral manganese. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium and copper. Swedes likewise have a good amount of vitamin C and also contain a fair amount of vitamin A. Both these vegetables contain a variety of phytosterols and glucosinolates, which can prevent cancer and other diseases.