Rutabaga, American Purple Top (Brassica napus) - 200 Seeds
American Purple Top Rutabaga (Brassica napus) - 200 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9
Large, smooth, globe-shaped roots with deep purplish-red tops above ground and light yellow below. Sweet, fine-grained yellow flesh turns bright orange when cooked. Prefers cool weather and is best grown as a fall crop. Ready 90 days after seed sowing.
Good served with roast pork or beef or mashed with potatoes.
The health benefits of rutabaga include its ability to improve digestive health, have anti-cancer potential, act as an antioxidant, boost the immune system, and improve metabolic function. Rutabaga also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, aids in cellular and enzymatic functions, builds strong bones, and can even help you lose weight.
When to sow is highly dependent on your zone. If you are in a colder area, sow your rutabaga seeds after the danger of the last frost has passed. If you are in a warmer zone, plant your seeds in the fall and harvest in the winter. Those in the middle can sow in the summer for a fall crop. Leaves can be harvested and eaten when young, but roots take approximately 90 days to mature, and they become tastier and more tender after the first or second frost. Rutabaga should be planted in early to mid-summer depending on your zone, generally about three months before the first expected frost date. In warmer southern climates where the ground doesn’t freeze solid, it is also possible to plant before the last frost date in early spring for a first round. But keep in mind that hot weather can make roots taste bitter and woody.
Sow your seeds ½ inch deep and about 2-3 inches apart. Thin the rutabagas out when they are around 4 inches tall so there is between 4-6 inches of space between each plant.