‘Noir Long De Caluire’

Turnip / Navet / Γογγύλι


Common Name: Turnip / Navet / Γογγύλι

Scientific Name: Brassica rapa


Plant’s cycle: Biennial

Light Requirement: semi-shade and full sun

Soil type: well drained and moist soils of any kind. pH 5.5 – 6.8

Sowing in nursery: February  

Direct Planting: March

Germination: 4 to 6 days after sowing (20 – 25 ºC)

Harvest:  80 days after sowing

Spacing: 25cm/30cm/2cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite.

Pollination: Bees

Plant is Self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Leaves; Roots

Medicine: Cancer;  Poultice

A decoction of the leaves or stems is used in the treatment of cancer. The powdered seed is said to be a folk remedy for cancer. The crushed ripe seeds are used as a poultice on burns. The root when boiled with lard is used for breast tumors. A salve derived from the flowers is said to help skin cancer.

Other Uses: Insecticide.

Turnip root peelings contain a natural insecticide. The chopped roots can be brewed into a tea with flaked soap; this is then strained before use. It is effective against aphids, red spider mites and flies.