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.
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.
Energy 47 cal
Protein 1.4 g
Fat 0.2 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
Boil, blanched, steamed, braised, sautéed, roasted, stir-fried, mashed, microwaved.