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Rutabagas

The Victor crew wanted to look at some odd foods so this week we will look at rutabagas. To some this may not seem odd but to some of us who have never had this, we are curious. Will we try one? Who knows? Maybe someday…

So we find that rutabagas are similar to turnips. It is a root vegetable that originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. The leaves can be eaten as a leafy vegetable like spinach or chard. The name comes from Sweden. It is also known as a Swedish turnip or yellow turnip. Many countries just call them swedes.

Different countries cook it in different ways. The Finns roast, bake, or boil in soups, eat uncooked and thinly julienned in salads. They us it in any dish that has root vegetables. In Sweden and Norway, they cook it woth potatoes or carrots, mash it with butter, or create a puree. In the US, it mostly eaten in stews or casseroles, served mashed with carrots, baked in a pasty. Sometimes they will be found in a New England boiled dinner.

A medium rutabaga is about 386 grams and contains 145 calories. They contain 9 grams of fiber and 17 grams sugar. They are a good source of potassium at 33% daily value and Vitamin C at 160% daily value.

They can improve digestive health, boost your immune system and metabolic function, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.