Turnip Guide for Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Crop Guide – Turnip

One of the five crops you can plant in the spring in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is the turnip. Turnip seeds are the least expensive in the game, and they grow fast. This makes the turnip an ideal crop to plant at the beginning of the game.

Crop Information

Turnips grow fast and help you farm gold during spring | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Turnips grow fast and help you farm gold during spring

Season: Spring

Where to buy Seeds: At the Supermarket

Days to Grow: 4 days

Renewable Crop: No

Days to Regrow: N/A

Important Note: Each bag of seeds has 9 seeds that will fill a 3×3 square of tilled soil when planted. Any seed that lands on untilled soil will not grow and will be lost forever.

Profit Using the 3×3 and the Fat-C Method

The turnip is not the most profitable crop to plant during the spring season, but with how fast it grows and how cheap its seeds are, it still provides good value over time. You can gain up to 2940G per season for every 3×3 turnip crop you plant.

3×3 SquareFat-C Method
Seed Bag Cost120G120G
Price per Crop60G60G
Total Revenue per Bag540G480G
Total Profit per Bag420G360G
Total Profit per Bag per Day135G90G
Maximum Harvests per Season7 times7 times
Maximum Profit per Season2940G2520G

Note: The maximum harvest per season is calculated assuming that you have planted the crop on the very first day of the season.

The Fat-C Method

Different variations of the Fat-C pattern | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Different variations of the Fat-C pattern

This method involves tilling a 3×3 square of soil, leaving one square on the edge untilled, and planting just 8 crops instead of 9. Crops cannot be walked over once they have grown, making the center crop inaccessible. You can water and harvest the crop in the middle of the 3×3 square using this technique.

The drawback is that since you’ll only plant 8 crops instead of 9, you’ll have fewer crops to sell and earn less gold, but no crop will go to waste.

Recipes that use Turnips

Turnips are the main ingredient in the Pickled Turnips recipe | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Turnips are the main ingredient in the Pickled Turnips recipe

Turnips are used in two recipes and as an optional ingredient in many others. 

Main Ingredient: Miso Soup, Pickled Turnips

Optional Ingredient: Curry, Curry Noodles, Mixed Juice, Noodles, Salad, Stew, Stir Fry, Tempura, Tempura Noodles, Vegetable Juice, Veggie Latte

Gifting the Turnip

Most characters in the game like the turnip, but none of them particularly love it when they receive it as a gift. Of all the marriage candidates in the game, only Popuri hates the turnip. The rest of the girls are neutral toward  it.

Characters Who Love Turnip

Barley likes the turnip as a gift | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Barley likes the turnip as a gift

Love: None

Characters Who Hate Turnip

Gray absolutely hates turnips | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Gray absolutely hates turnips

These characters hate the turnip as a gift, and their affection will decrease if you give them one.

Hate: Gray

Additional Tip

Shipping 100 turnips, 100 potatoes, 100 cucumbers, and 100 cabbages will unlock the special seeds for the Strawberry at the Supermarket.