Rutabagas

Seasonality:

  • Rutabagas are in season October to March.

Health Benefits of Rutabagas:

  • Rutabagas are high in Vitamin C, potassium and manganese
  • They also a good source of fiber, thiamin, Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

How to Select Rutabagas:

  • Look for rutabagas that feel heavy for their size with smooth, heavy and firm roots.
  • The skin should be free of major damage although smaller cuts around the top are natural.
  • Smaller rutabagas (4 inches in diameter or less) tend to have a sweeter flavor than larger varieties.

How to Store Rutabagas:

  • Store rutabagas are room temperature for up to 1 week or in an unsealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How to Prepare Rutabagas:

  • Wash rutabagas thoroughly and peel the waxy skin before cooking.

Fun Facts About Rutabagas:

  • In Europe rutabagas are called swedes.
  • The rutabaga is very similar to the turnip except that it generally has yellowish flesh, a denser root and smooth, waxy leaves similar to cabbage.