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Swede, Swedish turnip, Turnip-rooted cabbage, Laurentian turnip, Russian turnip

Cruciferae, Brassicaceae Brassica napus L. (Napobrassica group)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The rutabaga is a root crop, similar to turnip, but differing from turnip in having a denser-textured root which bears more side roots. The leaves are glabrous with a bluish bloom, instead of hairy as in turnip. Roots are harvested at a more advanced stage than turnip, so the growing season is Ionger. Roots may be stored for winter use. In culture and exposure of plant parts, rutabaga is similar to beets.

Season, seeding to harvest: 3 months or more.

Production in U.S.: 1,992 acres, 1959 census; possibly 25,000 tons.

Part of plant consumed: Fleshy root only.

Last update Sept. 10, 1997