Popular Southern variety grown for unsurpassed flavor of its nutritious greens. 16-22"H large, dark green, tasty leaves are best harvested when young and tender to use in salads as in the Southern classic "Wilted Turnip Salad." Harvest full size for traditional cooked greens and stir-fries. Excellent freezing variety. Roots tend to be tough, woody and strong flavored - usually considered inedible. Also a very nutritious cover crop and forage crop for a variety of animals.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.