Swede ‘Vintjärn’ dates back to pre-1940. This is probably one of many strains descending from landrace ‘Bjursås’. A large-sized swede with profuse growth of blue-green leaves. Roots are rounded, green with a white root tip. Flesh white with a crispy and fruity taste, a bit like radish. Boils easily.
Cultivation System: ND.
In the area of Sörskog. No information is available as regards current growers, either concerning their distribution or their acreages.
This landrace is maintained by the Swede Academy (Kålrotsakademien).
Propagation system: Seed, cross-pollinationMultiplication procedures and consequences on landrace diversity:
Like for any swede, roots are stored during winter and replanted in spring. Care must be taken during flowering to ensure proper distance to other flowering Brassica fields (minimum 2 km).Management plan existence:
‘Vintjärn’ was registered 28 November 2018 on the Swedish official list of varieties as a conservation variety. Registration is effective until 31 December 2028.
Chefs have indicated a pronounced interest in swede ‘Vintjärn’ due to its storage and gastronomic qualities.
The interest among local growers and private gardeners seem to give sufficient support to its long-term conservation and maintenance.
Case study prepared by Swedish Board of Agriculture (SBA), Sweden.
Most of updates have been communicated by Dr Jens Weibull (SBA).