Delicious, firm, sweet roots are a must for hearty soups and casseroles. Easy to grow, excellent winter storage crop.
Rutabaga, or swede, as the British call it, is a 4"-6" long root vegetable with a sweet, mellow flavor. Mash just like potatoes, add chunks to soups and stews, or bake in savory or sweet casseroles. Even the tops are edible and make tasty sauteéd greens. Rutabagas develop the best flavor when harvested during cool weather, making an ideal fall crop in most places. A great winter storage crop.
Variety InfoBest harvested at 4"–6" diameter; root is yellowish with purple shoulders.
Not recommended; root crops do not transplant well.
RECOMMENDED. Cold Climates: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, as soon as soil can be worked for early summer harvest, or 3 to 4 months before your first fall frost date for fall harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for late winter for spring harvest. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°–80°F