Rutabaga, American Purple top
This Heirloom, Non-GMO American Purple Top Rutabaga is a high yielding variety that has a pleasant sweet and slightly bitter flavor with yellowish flesh. Produces 5 to 6 inch mild and finely grained huge yellow roots with deep purple crowns. The American Purple Top Rutabaga's flesh turns orangish when cooked.
How to use: Rutabagas can be added to meals in a variety of ways, a good rule is treat them like potatoes. Boiled and mashed, cut into fries and fried, roasted in the oven, added to a soup and stews, thinly sliced and added to a casserole, grated raw into a salad. The possibilities are endless with this versatile vegetable.
- Botanical Name - Brassica napus (Napobrassica Group)
- Zone - 3-9
- Seed to Harvest - 90 Days
- Height - 12-24"
- Fruit Weight- Varies
- Fruit Color - Purple/Yellowish
- Treated - No
- Germination Time - 5-14 Days
- Breed - Heirloom, Open Pollinated
- Germination Rate – 90%
- Lifecycle – Annual (Biennial 8-10)
- Sunlight - Full Sun / Partial Sun
- Watering – 1"-1/2" per week
- Sow Method – Direct Sow or Transplant
- Sow Depth - 1/2 inch
- Plant Spacing - 6 inches
- Row Spacing - 12-18 inches
- Season of Interest - Cool / Warm
Rutabaga Growing Guide
- Companion Planting Guide
Did you know...Rutabagas, are also known as Swedes. These root vegetables are grown for both their softball-size golden root and their greens
Health BenefitsRutabagas are a hearty vegetable packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
They promote feelings of fullness, which can prevent weight gain. Furthermore, they contain powerful compounds that help fight inflammation, prevent premature aging, and are associated with a reduced risk of various cancers.