Edible of the Month - Hakurei Hybrid Japanese Turnip (Brassica rapa)

For those of you who dislike turnips, this little vegetable may surprise you. Hakurei turnips are a delicately flavoured Japanese turnip that tastes nothing like an ordinary, more bitter turnip and, you don’t have to peel it! Some say it has a crispy, sweet, juicy taste akin to a mild apple. Being a cool weather, early producing crop, this nutrient dense vegetable is easy to grow in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) and is quite stunning in aesthetic with its very round, bright white shape and color against vibrant green foliage. You can eat the young roots and leaves raw and boil, grill, sauté, roast or mash the other parts. For similar varieties, try the early producing Tokyo Cross, Market Express, White Knight, Just Right and Shogoin.