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Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'

Brassica rapa glabra 'Early Purple Wonder'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder' Overview

A highly underrated vegetable, the delicious 'Early Purple Wonder' turnip has been widely grown since the 1800's and is still today enjoyed as a replacement for potatoes. The Early Purple Wonder turnip is a swollen taproot with white globes and purple shoulders, and are known to be low in fats and carbohydrate-rich. Not only is it enjoyed in the culinary world in its raw and cooked forms, but it is also known for its health benefits and the ease with which it can be grown either in your garden or in containers.

Common problems with Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'

Pests include root maggots, aphids, flea beetles, slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage worms, and wireworms. Diseases include fusarium wilt, southern blight, soft rot, black rot, brown heart, damping off, and powdery mildew.

Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder' Companion Plants

Peas, cabbage

How to harvest Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'

Harvest some turnips very early as turnip greens. Harvest early types after about 5 weeks; main crop types after 6 to 10 weeks. Harvest turnips at any size you wish. The small, young turnips are nice and tender. Pull mature turnips before they become woody and before the first frost. Store for up to 3 or 4 months in a cool outdoor place covered with straw.

How to propagate Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'


Sow seed in Spring and Summer in cold climates or in Autumn and winter in warmer Climates. Sow 10 - 12 mm deep and in rows spaced 30cm apart.

Special features of Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'

Drought resistant

It is relatively drought tolerant once well-established.

Pot plant

Grows well in large containers with sufficient drainage holes. Opt for a lighter-colored container that will reflect light to ensure it is cooler and not too hot.

Other uses of Turnip 'Early Purple Wonder'



Useful in treating diverticulosis, lowering blood pressure, fighting cancer, for weight loss, digestion and detox, as well as maintaining vision.


The roots can be eaten raw or grated, glazed, sauteed in butter, cooked in cream, or used in soups and stews. Also grown as feed for livestock.

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