Rutabagas are a cross between cabbage and turnips. They’ve been around a long time, keeping people alive in time of need. They go by the name swede in Northern Europe, where they’re more commonly grown.
Rutabagas need well drained soil and should be watered regularly each week, or they’ll get tough and woody. It takes 90-100 days to grow them, and they prefer cooler conditions. In the North they can be planted in late winter. Elsewhere, think ahead to plant them so they’ll be mature before hard freezes set in.
Watch the two videos below for expert tips on preparing rutabagas. Within 15 minutes, you and your family will want to try this overlooked survival food.