June 28, 2017

The Invisible Vegetable

Red Round turnip - Photo courtesy of Kitazawa Seed Co.

Red Round turnip - Photo courtesy of Kitazawa Seed Co.

If only you wouldn’t look at the name of this particular plant before you read this from the Kitazawa Seed Co. of Oakland, Calif. Just let the description wash over you: “The root is semi-globed with deep scarlet red skin with white flesh that is tender and crisp. It has a delicious, sweet flavor when harvested young to full maturity. …Tops are green with red veins and stems.” The catalog description goes on to say that the root vegetable is delicious raw with dressing, but the tops and the roots can also be sauteed, pickled or added to stew, curry or soup. And after admiring the picture, isn’t your mouth just watering for a taste of this ancient vegetable that has been a staple since before there were records? It is the lowly turnip, and in this case, an early-season variety that is as elegant as any root crop can be. Red Round is a stunning choice from Kitazawa, a specialty seed company that offers a sublime collection of Asian vegetable seeds, including 10 other turnip varieties. If you are looking for some interesting seeds for your garden this year, take a look at Kitazawa, which offers up simple, traditional recipes using some of those same mysterious vegetables that you can grow yourself.