Family: Brassicaceae

Scientific Name: Brassica napus Helenor Rutabaga

Common Name: Helenor Rutabaga


 Helenor Rutabaga (Brassica napus) is a root crop producing an edible taproot. Believed to be a hybrid of a turnip (Brassica rapa) and a cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Native to Scandinavia and Russia.  Frost and cooerl weather sweeten the taste.

Plant TypeBiennials, Edibles Vegetables
Moistureaverage, moist
Soil & Siteaverage
Temperaturetolerates light frosts and cool temperatures in the fall
Flowersyellow, mustard-like flowers, since it is a biennial the flowers are produced from taproots that are allowed to overwinter in the soil
Rootstaproots, orange flesh, edible, napiform taproot
Native SiteRussia and Sweden
Misc FactsAKA: Colza, Neep, Neeps, Rape Rutabaga, Rutabagas, Snagge, Snaggers, Swede, Swedes, Swedish Turnip, Swedish Turnips, Turnip Rooted Cabbage
Author's NotesI have found this an easy plant to grow in the vegetable garden. I seed in May, thin to 4 inches or more, and harvest in the fall. I like to slice raw into salads use in soups or boiled dinner.
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