Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Macomber Turnip



The Veggie Mobile has been carrying a favorite of old New England lately, the Macomber Turnip.  Developed by Aiden and Elihu Macomber (don't hear names like that very often anymore!) visited the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876 and returned to their farm in Westport, Massachusetts with the seeds that they would turn into the famous Macomber Turnip.  Like many farmers they began to experiment, planting the turnip seeds next to rutabagas.  With the inevitable cross-pollination of the two plants, the Macomber was born.  Noted for it's sweet, creamy flesh, the Macomber is harvested later than most turnips, usually in mid-October.  Generally, the smaller turnips are the most flavorful and store best in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  Turnips make an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes, and are wonderful in a roasted root vegetable medley. 

5 comments:

hop top organic said...

I thought the Macomber "boys" crossed a rutabaga with a local radish for this variety? I have seeds at crary2@cox.net

hop top organic said...

I have eastham and macomber....two different turnips. ken

tomatodance said...

Hot top, would you be willing to trade some seeds?

SmallTownGirl said...

I am also looking for Macomber seeds. Would you be willing to sell some? Please contact me! taylor@stgnantucket. Thanks!

Douglas Allen said...

I put some on the market www.macomberturnips.com. We also pellet the seeds so they are easier to plant. Way easier, after all these seeds are tiny, and saves you time thinning the plants too.