The Turnip.

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A plant too common in our gardens to require a curious description. The root is round and white, or purplish. The leaves are large, long, rough, and of a deep green; they are deeply cut at the edges, and large and round at the ends; the stalks are a yard high, round, smooth, firm, upright, and branched; the leaves on them are small and smooth; the flowers are little and yellow, and they stand in a kind of long spikes; they are followed by long pods.

The roots are so frequently eaten, that few would think of their possessing any medicinal virtues, but being cut into slices, and stewed with sugar, till their juice with the sugar, becomes a syrup; this is a very good medicine against a cough.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.