Rutabaga is a round, yellow fleshed root vegetable with a yellow, green, and purple exterior. Rutabaga is commonly referred to as turnip, but is a distinct vegetable from the small, white fleshed turnip with purple and white exterior. Rutabaga is commonly served roasted, mashed, or in stews.

Health considerations

Rutabaga is a relatively low calorie root vegetable, containing 38 calories per 100g, less than carrots or parsnips and half that of potatoes. Rutabaga is a source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium manganese, and some other vitamins and minerals. Like other Brassica vegetables, rutabaga contains glucosinolates, particularly thiocyanates. Rutabaga has been described as having high chemoprotective potential on the basis of its ability to inhibit growth of isolated cancer cells. See: Glucosinolates, Thiocyanates.

May be found in

Soups, stews, casseroles


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Alternative Spellings and Names

Swede, turnip, yellow turnip, neep

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