Call me swede-ie!
- Extremely high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that help fight against cancer
- Contains over 50% of your daily recommended vitamin C
- Rich in potassium and manganese, which provides energy
- Good source of zinc, a mineral that aids in the function of many enzymes
- Calcium: 66 mg
- Iron: 0.73 mg
- Magnesium: 32 mg
- Phosphorus: 81 mg
- Potassium: 472 mg
- Sodium: 28 mg
- Zinc: 0.48 mg
- Vitamin C: 35.0 mg
- Thiamine: 0.126 mg
- Riboflavin: 0.056 mg
- Niacin: 0.980 mg
- Pantothenic Acid: 0.224 mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.140 mg
- Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
- Folate: 29 mcg
- Vitamin A: 3 IU
- Vitamin E: 0.42 mg
- Vitamin K: 0.4 mcg
- beta Carotene: 1 mcg
- beta Cryptoxanthin: 0 mcg
- Lycopene: 0 mcg
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin: 0 mcg
In the Garden:
Ideally, rutabagas should should be harvested in Autumn when they are poking out of the ground, as seen above. They should be 3-5 inches wide, or approximately the size of a grapefruit.
If not ready for harvest, they can be left in the ground. Cover them with mulch so they do not freeze and harvest them in the spring.
Pepare and Enjoy:
Begin by cutting the rutabaga in half, then slicing those halves into half inch slabs. Peel the outer skin off of the sections with a knife and discard the skin and tops and bottom of the root.
Many people enjoy Mashed Rutabaga
- Dice the sliced and peeled rutabaga into cubes
- Add these cubes to a pot, adding water so that the cubes are completely covered.
- Let the water boil, then lower to a simmer for 40-50 minutes or until tender.
- Drain the water, then mash the vegetable with a potato masher. Add 2-3 tbsp butter and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve hot as a side
- Health Benefits: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/rutabaga.html
- Health Benefits and Photo: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-rutabagas-4398.html
- Macronutrients: http://quitehealthy.com/nutrition-facts/food-labels/label114351.gif
- Micronutrients: http://nutrition.about.com/od/fruitsandvegetables/p/Rutabagas.htm
- Growing and photo: http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-rutabagas/
- Cooking and photos: http://www.irishamericanmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/IMG_0340.jpg