Rutabaga, Nadmorska (Organic)
Brassica napus. 80 days.
Large, green-topped rutabaga with golden flesh. Uniform, large, round, vigorous and early maturing with very little neck. Nadmorska has a slightly more mustardy flavor than the purple top rutabagas. We like this flavor a lot, making it a definite winter garden staple. We discovered this variety in a garden store in Lithuania during our 2006 Seed Ambassadors Project trip.
Seed produced by Ferry Boat Seeds on San Juan Island, Washington.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Cannot ship to Canada
Direct sow March through August in rows that are 1’ apart. When seedlings are 3” tall, thin to 3” spacing for turnips, and 8″ spacing for rutabagas. Don’t forget to eat the greens! In our area, rutabagas can grow through winter without protection as long as the mice don’t find them. Only some varieties of turnip have the same hardiness. Both can be harvested in autumn and stored for many months in root cellar conditions.
Collect seeds from 20 or more plants (to avoid inbreeding) in the second year when seeds have dried down. Cut seed heads, place on tarps to dry a few days, then dance to free seed. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species by ½ mile for B. napus, and 1 mile for B. rapa (watch out for wild turnip!).