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Brassica rapa oleifera - (DC.)Metzg.

Common Name Stubble Turnip
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A cultivated form of B. rapa.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Brassica rapa oleifera Stubble Turnip


Brassica rapa oleifera Stubble Turnip

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Brassica rapa oleifera is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft).
It is not frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Oil  Root
Edible Uses: Oil

Root - cooked[74]. Similar in taste to the garden turnip but a bit coarser[87], the young roots can be grated and used in salads whilst older roots are best cooked and used as a vegetable[K]. They are usually available from the autumn until early spring and can be left in the ground in all but the coldest winters[K]. Leaves - raw or cooked. A bit on the coarse side, though the young leaves can be added in moderation to salads whilst older leaves make an acceptable vegetable[K]. An edible oil is obtained from the seeds.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Green manure  Oil

A good green manure crop[87]. Fast growing and quickly producing a good bulk, the leaves die down in severe winters.

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in full sun in a well-drained fertile preferably alkaline soil[200]. Succeeds in any reasonable soil. A fairly deep rooted plant, stubble turnip is mainly grown as a feed for farm animals though it is also suitable for human consumption, especially if eaten when small[87, K]. It is fast growing plant[87], a crop of young roots can be harvested 8 weeks after sowing. The plant is very cold tolerant and is usually left in the ground all winter to be harvested as required. The plant is also grown for its oil-rich seeds. A good bee plant[108].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow in situ from March to July. A late July sowing produces a worthwhile bulk to dig in during October.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

Michel H. Porcher   Mon May 23 05:09:46 2005

There is much confusion in every language about all Brassica. Especially this "variety" apparently. The M.M.P.N.D. site is worth checking by anyone wishing to get to the bottom of the problem. This site is not the answer to everything but much "sorting has been done" already.

Link: M.M.P.N.D. This and surrounding pages attempt to sort most Brassica of the world

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