Rutabagas are a root vegetable that have originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. The leaves can also be eaten as a leaf vegetable, but the delicate sweetness of the roots is what makes them popular worldwide. Rutabagas are called so only in the US. Elsewhere they have names such as Swede, Swedish turnip, yellow turnip and neep.

The Splendid Rutabaga.

The Splendid Rutabaga.

Nutritional Content of Rutabagas

A cup of boiled rutabaga provides about 66 calories, no fat, 2g of protein, 15g of carbohydrates, 10g of sugars, 3g of dietary fiber and no cholesterol. Rutabagas are very high in vitamin C. In addition, rutabagas have appreciable amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese.

Health Benefits of Rutabagas

1. Anti-Cancerous Properties: Like all cruciferous vegetables, rutabagas contain glucosinolates that have been linked to inhibiting the growth of cancerous tumors.

2. Boost Immunity: Rutabagas are loaded with vitamin C, a single serving providing as much as 50% of DV. Vitamin C is a really effective antioxidant that has been recognized to boost defense mechanisms and cure common ailments.

3. Digestive Health: Rutabagas contain dietary fibers which are essential in the maintaining of a healthy digestive tract. Sufficient fiber consumption can protect against constipation, colon cancer, type-2 diabetes and obesity and may even lower risks of developing heart diseases. Also the glucosinolates are thought to help the stomach create bile.

4. Rutabagas also contain carotenoids helping with strengthening the immune system.

5. Rutabagas are a low calorie, nutrient rich, high fiber food that can be included in weight loss diets to boost metabolism and assist bodyweight management.

6. Rutabagas provide potassium which encourages bone health, ensures proper functioning of cardiovascular system, normalizes blood pressure, and reduces risk of stroke and helps with energy production.

7. Rutabagas are a source of zinc which is an important mineral in many enzymes, in turn helping with defense functions as well as protecting from physical stress. Rutabagas also contain manganese (for energy), vitamin B6 (supports the nervous system), calcium (bone health), magnesium (helps absorb calcium and great for relieving stress) and phosphorus (helps metabolize proteins and sugars).

8. Rutabaga has found to be helpful in alleviating asthma due to its high vitamin C content.

9. Rutabaga consumption regularly can increase stamina, slow aging, protect against DNA damage and prevent alopecia (spot baldness).

10. Women can increase milk production capacity and alleviate PMS on consuming ample amounts of rutabaga frequently.

If you need help with growing rutabagas, check out our How to Grow Rutabagas article. Find Rutabaga seeds at our store, Sweet Corn Organic Nursery.