This spring I will plant an ancient northern Italian variety of cabbage turnip called Giant Red Tarantino. It has been grown for 2000 years and is Brassica oleraceae.
It likes full sun, and is a creamy yellow root that can be used in lieu of potatoes for those who cannot tolerate solanin, or who are diabetic. It also has edible cabbage-type leaves. My location likes root vegetables and I am having fun picking out a few unusual varieties to expand my taste bud sensations.
This ancient root vegetable is a great candidate for seed saving.
I have always loved growing things that are not readily available at Walmart, or even Smith’s. Modern supply lines are amazing in their own way, wasteful certainly, but more dreadful than either: they are boring. In lockstep with boring walks nutrient deficiencies. I imagine that our desire to eat a variety of foods historically kept us healthy.
The Brassicas are nutricious and anticancer too. Any way to eat them in a new, exciting way is good.
Giant Red Trentino is creamy yellow inside and delicious cooked in place of potatoes. It can be eeaten raw like kohlrabi. I grew up eating root vegetables and look forward to this one.