Rutabagas are a vintage veggie that goes by many other names such as Swedes, Yellow Turnips and Neeps, to name a few. The “Laurentian” variety grown in the Fraser Valley is easily identified by their bright purple tops, yellow bottoms and creamy white dense flesh. Rutabagas are sweeter than turnips, with lower water content and more pronounced flavour.


Rutabagas are often described as a mix between turnips and cabbages, but they have a much stronger flavour. One cup of cooked rutabaga contains only 66 calories.

Firm, smooth, globular rutabagas
Heavy for their size

Local BCfresh rutabagas are available all year round.rutabaga-availability

Rutabagas are high in vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant and supports the immune system. Rutabagas also have good amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and manganese.

Nutrition Information

Per 120 g serving of raw Rutabaga
Energy 47 cal
Protein 1.4 g
Fat 0.2 g
Carbohydrates 10 g
Sodium 24 mg
Potassium 404 mg

Source: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable nutrition Encyclopedia Fresh for Flavor Foundation 1991.

Raw with dip as an appetizer
Combine with potatoes, carrots and apples
Soups, stews, salads
Baked goods

Boil, blanched, steamed, braised, sautéed, roasted, stir-fried, mashed, microwaved.

RECIPE: Oven-Baked Ruta-Fries

Store at 32°F (0°C) with a relative humidity of 90-95 percent.
Store rutabagas in a cool, humid location to prevent dehydration and shrivelling.


In England and Ireland, the rutabaga is often called a “swede”; in Scotland it’s called a “neep”


The International Rutabaga Curling Championship is held on the last market day of the year at the Ithaca, New York Farmer’s Market and can draw over a hundred contestants.

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BCfresh and our grower partners can confirm that onions packaged as Bestfresh Chefs Reserve 10lb Onions are not included in the recall as they are NOT SOURCED from Thomson International (Bakersfield, California).

Our Bestfresh 10lb Onion packaging is a black mesh bag with gold label with UPC 7-75058-50108-2 – they are Washington onions sourced from completely different grower/packer and are safe to consume. 

If you have lingering concerns regarding the safety of Bestfresh Chef’s Reserve 10lb onions, we recommend you dispose of the product or return to Costco for a full refund.

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