Rutabagas are thought to be a cross between a cabbage and turnip. Although they look pretty similar to purple-top turnips, they are more yellow in appearance. These plants love cool weather and are excellent for longer-term storage. Popular over time in Scandinavia, and especially Sweden, they are sometimes called "swedes." Store at high humidity, near freezing, for a few months! Keeping them in a loose plastic bag in the fridge works well. They have a mellow, sweet flavor. To use, simply wash/scrub the outside and chop up for boiling/baking in soups, stews, mashes, stir-fries, gratins or other baked dishes. They are edible raw as well - just peel and dice, slice or grate.

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