Identifying Brassicas Species by Seed…and the ‘Turnabaga’ Extinction

Identifying Brassicas Species by Seed…and the ‘Turnabaga’ Extinction

At Seed Savers we sometimes jokingly referred to our collection of 103 turnips and 81 rutabagas as “turnabagas.” Confusion reigns over these crop types, owing to the fact that in the United Kingdom, a common name for rutabaga is “Swedish turnip.” Botanically, however, rutabagas and turnips are different species, Brassica napus and Brassica rapa, respectively, and will not cross-pollinate.

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Quintessentially British: The Unjustifiably Shunned Runner Bean

Quintessentially British: The Unjustifiably Shunned Runner Bean

In the world of beans, the runner bean, Phaseolus coccineus, is a bit of an anomaly. In the United States, runner beans are undervalued as an edible crop and usually grown as ornamentals for their large, showy, often scarlet-colored flowers. Read more about this crop type and why it shouldn't be overlooked.

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