Joan rutabaga from high mowing seeds  Above: buttered rutabaga from theviewfromgreatisland.com

Joan rutabaga from high mowing seeds

Above: buttered rutabaga from theviewfromgreatisland.com

Varieties grown: Joan

Rutabagas are a root crop, similar to turnips but with a nuttier flavor. They have golden flesh and a creamy texture. They’ll keep for a very long time, and are great for warming fall and winter meals. Rutabagas are not pretty to look at, but they’re one of our favorite vegetables. Peeling is optional, depending on your preparation.

How to use it:

  • Chopped and roasted with other vegetables

  • Steamed and mashed, like mashed potatoes

  • In soups, stews, and pot roasts

  • Braised with beef, pork, or chicken