Italian Cabbage Turnip

$3.50

This weird vegetable is as delicious as it is ugly, and it can certainly get pretty ugly. It is a very old variety of swede (rutabaga) from Italy that is surprisingly tender and mild. Even people who don’t like turnips and swede usually like this vegetable.

Even when big and mature it never gets fibrous or woody, and it can be planted in all seasons except in the coldest part of winter and spring. It grows quickly.

The leaves can be eaten like cabbage, and tastes like cabbage in the cooler months. In summer they tend to be mustard flavoured which many people don’t like.

Packet of 200 seeds

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Description

This weird vegetable is as delicious as it is ugly, and it can certainly get pretty ugly. It is a very old variety of swede (rutabaga) from Italy that is surprisingly tender and mild. Even people who don’t like turnips and swede usually like this vegetable.

Even when big and mature it never gets fibrous or woody, and it can be planted in all seasons except in the coldest part of winter and spring. It grows quickly.

The leaves can be eaten like cabbage, and tastes like cabbage in the cooler months. In summer they tend to be mustard flavoured which many people don’t like.

 

Botanical name: Brassica rapa

Planting: Sow seeds from late Spring to Autumn. Plant in well manured soil about 30-50cm apart.

Care: Water regularly if the weather is dry.

Harvest: Harvest the roots at any time they’re the size you want. They are still edible when they are very big. Leaves can be harvested any time in cooler months.

Diseases: The most common problem with brassicas is which cabbage butterfly. The caterpillars can decimate your plants. You can use Dipel (a bacteria that targets caterpillars) or cabbage dust, or you can net the plants against insects. Just make sure that when you net (use vegetable net or old net curtains) you check for caterpillars or eggs already on the undersides of the leaves, and don’t leave gaps between the net and the soil that a butterfly can enter.

Cooking: Cabbage turnip can be cut into cubes and steamed, it can be roasted, and cooked in any other way that you would cook root crops. It stores very well in the fridge crisper, even after being cut.

Seed Saving: Will cross with swedes (rutabaga) and rapeseed.

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