This holiday favourite has a well-earned reputation for being one of the hardiest of all the root crops! Please don't confuse the rutabaga with the summer turnip. In parts of Canada, the distinction is not clear. Rutabagas are often simply called "turnips." They are not technically turnips. The rutabaga is that medium large, yellow fleshed root vegetable traditionally served chopped to accompany festive meals at Robbie Burns Nights (neeps), Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Culture: Similar to other members of the Brassica family. Sow seed in early spring 12 mm (1/2") deep in rows spaced 60-90 cm (24-36") apart. Thin seedlings to 20 cm (8") apart when they reach 7.5 cm (3") in height. Harvest in fall after they have been exposed to frost.