(95 days) Open-pollinated. This special (and interspecial) root, a cross between Chinese cabbage and rutabaga, has very fine-grained tasty yellow flesh, with an exterior much like purple-crowned Laurentian. Frost tolerance and long storage are added benefits. Bred by Downeast Maine native Radcliffe Pike, UNH contemporary of Elwyn Meader, who sought to mellow the rutabaga taste and refine its texture. Grown around Lubec, ME, locals surnamed it Turnip, to add to the genomic confusion. Pike, prolific and diverse in his expertise, bred rhododendrons and a “gasless” bean and was the expert on Acadian and Downeast flora. He served as naturalist for Campobello Island and preserved a piece of paradise along Cobscook Bay. Fedco staffer and seedguy Heron Breen combined seed samples from Seed Savers Exchange and local sources to bring a genetically strong population back into existence. He’s dispersed that seed back to folks Downeast, and now to the wider Fedco community. ① NEW!
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