This swede is an improved variety of Turnip 'Purple Top' that was bred in Quebec, Canada and introduced to the US in 1920. The fine grained, slightly sweet, flesh is ideal for mashing and serving as a substitute to traditional mashed spud. Like parsnip, a light frost helps to sweeten the root before harvest.
Both swedes and turnips need to be grown quickly to ensure mild, sweet roots, so give them full sun, plenty of water and blood and bone mixed with a little bit of lime. Thin seedlings to 10cm spacings.