(45 days) Brassica rapa Open-pollinated. Listed in the Album Vilmorin (1854-55) as Robertson’s Golden Ball, also known as Orange Jelly. The skin is very smooth and yellow and the soft flesh is golden-yellow, and yes, perhaps the color of orange marmalade without the rinds. Rather broad leaves of medium height. Although the globes reach 4–5" at full size, they achieve peak flavor and maximum sweetness at 3" in diameter. Alan LePage says “better than rutabagas or any other turnip.” A good keeper; he was selling them into March. Maryland market grower Brett Grohsgal concurs, Gold Ball “comes into its own after the frosts and freezes have begun…remains mild and nutty [with] a firm, near-perfect texture. Best simmered or roasted. Pleases even those retail customers who don’t really like other turnips, and a strong seller with our chefs.” ②
2376 Gold Ball Turnip
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Turnips & Rutabagas
⅛ oz packet sows almost 40 ft; 1 oz about 300 ft. ~8,000-14,000 seeds/oz.
Culture: Hardy members of Cabbage family. Thinning is critical for full-sized roots. Turnips have a shorter growing season and are not as cold-hardy or as good keepers as rutabagas. Turnips are best picked before they get large and fibrous. Rutabagas, also known as Swedish turnips or Swedes, form enlarged roots above ground with a finely branched system below.
Minimum germination temperature for turnips 40°, optimal range 60-95°.
Disease: DM: Downy Mildew
Note: We cannot ship packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) of rutabagas or turnips into the Willamette Valley. The State of Oregon prohibits shipping any commercial quantity of untreated Brassica, Raphanus or Sinapis because of a quarantine to control Blackleg.