Vintjärn

Crop: Brassica napus L. var. napobrassica (Swede)

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.

Geographical Information

Country: Sweden

In the area of Sörskog. No information is available as regards current growers, either concerning their distribution or their acreages.


Farmer(s) description:

This landrace is maintained by the Swede Academy (Kålrotsakademien).


Propagation system: Seed, cross-pollination

Multiplication 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.

Added Values

Market - existing and novel:

Local and, possibly, regional. Marketed under the trademark Green heritage®.

Others (e.g. commercial/geographical brands or special traits):

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).