A rutabaga is a nutritious root vegetable that some people call swede, neep, or Swedish turnip. It contains many beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. It may also support weight management, immunity, and healthy bowels.
Many people consider rutabaga to have a peppery flavor and think it goes well in many everyday dishes.
This article explores rutabagas in more detail, including their health benefits and nutrition profile. It also provides cooking tips and advice about the potential adverse effects of eating rutabagas. Finally, it answers some common questions about rutabagas.
Brassica napusor rutabaga, is a root vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family. Some people describe rutabaga as a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. It is a large round vegetable with tough reddish-purple skin and yellow flesh.
Rutabaga is the most common term that people in the United States use to describe the plant. However, in other parts of the world, people may know rutabaga by different names including:
People commonly consume rutabaga flesh but sometimes they may also eat the roots and leaves. A person may decide to boil, bake, or mash rutabaga. They may include it in stews and casseroles, or as a side serving of vegetables with the main meal.
Rutabaga is a nutritious vegetable with several health benefits as part of a balanced diet.
Encourages healthy bowels
A cup of boiled and mashed rutabaga provides
Dietary fiber helps to keep the bowels healthy and can
Helps to maintain a moderate weight
Rutabaga is a low calorie food, containing only
Someone may include mashed rutabaga with a meal instead of something less nutritious like potato fries. This may help them manage their weight as part of a balanced diet.
Prevents inflammation and supports immunity
Research shows nutrients that rutabagas contain and phytochemicals that help prevent inflammation and support the immune system, including:
May help prevent cancer
Cruciferous vegetables in the Brassica family contain compounds called glucosinolates.
May support sleep, mood, and hunger regulation
An older study found that rutabaga plants and sprouts contain compounds that support sleep, mood, and hunger regulation. These researchers found these compounds in high concentrations in rutabaga:
Rutabaga is a low fat, high fiber source of vitamins and minerals. Raw rutabaga contains the following
When shopping for rutabaga, people should look for a firm, smooth vegetable that feels heavy for its size. A person should avoid rutabaga with decay, deep cracks, or punctures.
A person may keep rutabagas in the refrigerator or at room temperature. However, a person should use rutabagas sooner if they are not kept in a refrigerator.
Although people can eat raw rutabagas, they have a strong flavor best suited to cooking. People should peel them before cooking to remove the skin and wax.
A person may cook rutabagas using the following methods:
- baking or roasting
Some people may find rutabaga difficult to digest, particularly in large quantities. If someone has a digestive condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome, they may consider speaking with a doctor or dietitian before consuming rutabaga.
Additionally, cruciferous vegetables like rutabaga
People should speak with their doctor or pharmacist if they have concerns.
Below are some of the most common questions and answers about rutabagas.
Is rutabaga the same thing as a turnip?
Turnips are a
Rutabagas are typically larger, harder, and denser than turnips, with a more fibrous skin. Therefore, people usually cook rutabagas before eating them.
How does rutabaga taste?
Rutabaga has a sweet, mild, peppery taste. Many people find rutabaga tastes pleasant. However, rutabaga may not be to everyone’s taste. Some people have a gene that
How do you eat rutabaga?
People should peel and chop rutabaga before cooking. They can use a variety of cooking methods such as steaming, boiling, or roasting.
A person can combine rutabaga with other root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes or parsnips. Alternatively, they may serve mashed rutabagas with olive oil or butter, and salt and black pepper.
Rutabaga makes a healthy addition to stews, soups, and casseroles. A person may also slice it thinly and add it to a stir-fry.
Rutabaga is a cruciferous root vegetable that people refer to by different names such as swede, Swedish turnip, or neep. However, it differs from a turnip in its species, flavor, and appearance.
Rutabagas contain many beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They may help to control weight, keep the bowels healthy, and prevent chronic diseases. In addition, people can cook it in various ways and use it as an alternative to unhealthier foods, such as potato fries.
A person may wish to speak with a healthcare professional before eating rutabagas if they have a digestive disorder.