Friday, December 3, 2010

Everything you wanted to know about Rutabagas but were afraid to ask

"So many people confuse rutabagas with turnips. They're not alike at all. Rutabagas have a pleasant yellow-orange color, large friendly-looking leaves, and a smooth dense texture. Turnips are fish-belly white and purple on top like a bad bruise and have hairy leaves and taste brackish, like swamp water. Rutabagas are the root crop that any sensible person would prefer."
— Garrison Keillor on "Prairie Home Companion"

Cooked up the end of the season rutabaga from my CSA.  At "Pig Out", we got a lot of rutabaga so I have been all things rutabaga.  It is amazing where the quest for better health can take you, but, in my case, it has taken me into the land of rutabagas.

Found a fellow traveller blog, The Rutabagan,  from the "Advanced  Rutabaga Studies Institute" in Forest Grove, Oregon, where I learned such astounding facts as:

  • The war between rutabagas and turnips
  • The ongoing trade dispute between Canada and the US over rutabagas
  • The 12th annual Rutabaga Curling Competition 
  • Recipes for rutabaga pudding