(Brassica napus) The American Purple Top Rutabaga is a 3" - 6" long root vegetable with golden yellow flesh and a bright purple top. This tasty root has a mellow, sweet flavor and can be mashed like potatoes or enjoyed in stews or casseroles.
Rutabagas have their best flavor when harvested in cool weather. Excellent fall crop. Ideal for winter storage.
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Sow outdoors 12-14 weeks before first frost for fall harvest.
Rutabagas like cool weather and grow best in well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
Remove soil lumps and rocks, which could cause roots to split or become malformed.
Harvest in fall after first frost, but before the roots are allowed to freeze.