Hinona Kabu Turnip Seed Packet
Hinona Kabu Turnip
Kitazawa Seed Co.
900-1000 seeds per packet
days to maturity: 40-50 days
plant spacing: 16 per square foot
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: snails hiding at the soils surface, aphids
harvest notes: can be harvested at any size, up to 45 days. eat the greens too!
A unique, long, thin, mild-flavored turnip that has a red top, and the bottom two thirds are white. It measures 1.5" wide and up to 12" long like a carrot. This traditional Japanese vegetable or dento yasai originated in the Shiga prefecture in the 1470s. Used to make sakura zuke or cherry blossom pickle, and can be used like any other quicker growing non-storage fresh eating turnip.
We love love love salad turnips because they are so easy to grow, can tolerate overcrowding (eventually thin direct seeded plants to about 3 inches apart), and are super delicious, juicy and versatile in the kitchen. We pickle them, roast them, mandolin them for fresh eating, and just eat them like stone fruits bite by bite. The greens are more delicate and less hairy than radish greens so make sure to take advantage of all that green growth and eat the greens too. For best storage in the fridge cut the greens off of the roots and store them separately in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer so they don’t dehydrate.
Direct seed turnips and thin to about 1" apart 10 days after germination.