American Purple Top Rutabaga Seeds
- Seed Count: 300 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 80-120 Days
- Root Appearance: Large, yellow roots with purple shoulders.
- Flavor Profile: Sweet and mellow flavor.
- Usage: Roots can be mashed, roasted, or used in soups and stews. Green tops can be sautéed.
- Weather Tolerance: Frost-tolerant; best flavor in cool weather.
- Storage: Excellent for storing; lasts months in a cool, dry place.
- Plant Growth: Grows 16-20 inches tall.
History: Rutabagas, known as 'swedes' in many parts of the world, trace their history to the medieval era, a cross between turnips and cabbage. The American Purple Top Rutabaga is a beloved variant, cherished for its distinguishing color combination and its sweeter taste, making it a popular choice across American households.
Uses: The American Purple Top Rutabaga is not just another root vegetable; it's a culinary marvel. Its sweet and mellow flavor makes it versatile in the kitchen. When mashed, it provides a creamy texture with a unique taste. Roasting it brings out its natural sweetness. Moreover, this rutabaga is also a star ingredient in many soups and stews. But that's not all; the green tops, which often get discarded, can be sautéed, offering a delightful side dish, ensuring no part of this vegetable goes to waste.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: To cultivate American Purple Top Rutabagas, select a sunny location with well-draining soil. You can direct sow the seeds into your garden or begin the growth journey indoors in smaller containers. Ensure that the soil remains consistently moist, especially during the initial growth phase. As the rutabaga matures, it will reach a height of approximately 16-20 inches. Harvesting is best done between 80 to 120 days, depending on size and desired maturity. It's essential to note that this rutabaga variety thrives in cooler weather, with its flavor profile intensifying after a frost, making it an excellent choice for fall or winter gardening. Once harvested, storing in a cool, dry place ensures prolonged freshness and flavor.