Rutabaga is a direct cross between turnips and cabbage! They look like turnips but are generally larger. Their flesh is also more golden–especially after it is cooked– than a turnip. It’s flavor is milder and sweeter than a turnip as well. It is creamy like a potato, but with a lower starch content. Rutagabas are very healthy– high in fiber and vitamins. Just 1 cup of cooked rutabaga provides 53% of your daily value of vitamin C!
If stored properly rutabaga will last at least a month. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge (plastic bag is fine). If they are left loose the moisture will wick away and cause them to shrivel.
Rutabaga can be boiled, roasted, mashed, or put in gratins, soups and stews.
Pasties (meat pies from Michigan)
Clapshot (Scottish dish of mashed potatoes, rutabaga and sometimes carrots)