Title Info
Common name Turnip
Scientific name Brassica rapa
Taxonomic group Brassicaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants; Industrial products
Food plants Root crops
Keywords Cruciferae, Brassica campestris according to some botanists
Turnip, <i>Brassica rapa</i>, in flower
Related materials: Turnip

Turnip. This species produces three very different foods: turnips, leafy greens, and rapeseed ("canola") oil. The turnip itself is a swollen section between the stem and root, while oil is pressed from the seeds. Known from the Mediterranean region for over 2,000 years.