- 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.