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Laurentian Rutabaga (Swede)

Laurentian Rutabaga (Swede)

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Laurentian
Rutabaga (Swede)

120 days — 'Laurentian' is an improved variety of 'American Purple Top. The roots are large with purple skin at the top and a creamy color at the bottom. The flesh is fine-grained and sweet flavored. They can be boiled and mashed and used as a nice, healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. They can also be added to soups and stews.

Plant in summer for fall and winter use. 'Laurentian' was bred and introduced by the Agronomy Department, Macdonald College, Quebec, Canada.[1] Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 to 300 seeds.
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Planting Instructions:
Days to germination – 6 to 10
Days to harvest – 120 days

Relatively easy to grow and very productive as a winter vegetable. Like other brassicas, they prefer well-drained, non-acid soil.

Sow seeds mid to late summer, one inch apart, ½ inch deep in rows 15 inches apart. Thin your planting in stages, selecting for the strongest plants, until they are spaced about eight inches apart. Keep cultivated and watered.

You don't have to wait until the roots are full-grown. Start lifting as soon as they are a reasonable size. Harvest throughout the winter and into spring.

This is an improved variety of 'American Purple Top'. A popular variety in Canada. For fall and winter use.
Reference Sources:
  1. "Varieties of Farm Crops Recommended By the Quebec Seed Board for 1944," The Macdonald Journal, Macdonald College, Quebec, Canada, Volume 4 Number 6, February, 1944, page 17.