Rutabaga, Westport Macomber Turnip
- Large white roots with green or purple tops
- Smooth skin
- 100 days
(Brassica napus) Popularized in Westport, MA, by brothers Aden and Elihu Macomber, who brought seed home from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. SSE’s stock is from Russell Davis, a Westport farmer who obtained it in 1940. Known for its smooth skin which is easily cleaned for market. Roots are large and white with either green or purple shoulders. 100 days.
Direct Seed: 2" Apart
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Rows Apart: 18-24"
Thin: 6" Apart
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in late spring. Seeds will germinate in 5-15 days. Rutabagas prefer a long, cool growing season. Plant in full sun in cool climates or partial shade in hot summer climates. Rutabagas are most delicious after a frost or two.