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Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2008
12:38 PM

Post #4437598

Thanks for the history, I didn't know about the cross between wild cabbage and turnip.

You're right about them being roasted; they are so good - our favorite herb with them is thyme. Your photos are making me hungry!
tonileland
Uncasville, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #4437772

Hi Melody,

Great article. I love bagas--in fact, I'm so fond of them that I wrote an article about them last month and sent it to a magazine. Haven't heard back yet, but if they buy it, I'll send ya'll a link.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2008
3:20 PM

Post #4438101

Yummy is right Dea!

Great work Mel! Thanks!!
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2008
6:57 PM

Post #4438983

This is a great article! I've never tried to grow it, but I might give it a chance.

Rutabagas is my favorite vegetable! I love it with cornbread.
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 22, 2008
9:40 PM

Post #4439570

I always love reading about vegetables I don't use very often. Thanks!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2008
10:21 PM

Post #4439702

I love Rutabagas too, I like to cut in strips like carrots and use them for dips, they are great that way too.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 22, 2008
10:32 PM

Post #4439736

Must confess, I haven't had them since I was a kid. So, these pics look very much like what my little store here sells as turnips...how do you tell the difference? Great article Mel, I am going to give them a little more "respect".

Yokwe,
Shari

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 22, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #4439914

Mel, well done! I might even try to grow some this year, or next.

You know how sometimes a dinner invitation will include the question, Is there anything you DON'T like? I always used to say "Rutabagas" but only because I had not had any since childhood. Several years ago I used some in a rosemary roasted veggie medley, and I was hooked!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


January 23, 2008
1:11 AM

Post #4440485

Thanks ya'll!

Roasted is my favorite way to use them too, although they do make for a yummy salad addition.

Rutabagas take a much longer time to mature than turnips, they grow bigger and the leaves are smoother.(more 'cabbagey')

Since there are yellow fleshed turnips that look similar, the only way I can advise you to tell the difference in the grocery store when you are unsure, is that rutabagas are bigger. A turnip is usually sold at roughly the size of a person's fist. A rutabaga is usually offered at about the size of a softball (not baseball)

In my experience, raw turnips have more of a 'bite' even when they are sweet.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 23, 2008
2:56 AM

Post #4441138

Thanks Melody...I'll check them out.

Yokwe,
Shari
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2008
3:20 AM

Post #4441282

I've added them to my seed list of things to grow. Thanks for the information :)
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2008
2:41 PM

Post #4442346

Thanks for this thread, guys. I've begun eating more veggies, i.e., salad. I believe I might try some turnips and/or rutabagas in my salads. They have a strong flavor, and I think I'd like it!

Another idea from DG...
Groundnut
Pace, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2008
2:44 AM

Post #4450191

I love Rutabagas too. I am in zone 8. Wonder when I should plant them here? Now, I have to plant them. :-)
basket_case
Backus, MN

January 29, 2008
6:26 PM

Post #4469833

I like to slice thin and pan fry with raw onion in a little oil.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


January 29, 2008
7:59 PM

Post #4470127

Ohh, that sounds great. (note to self...get more rutabagas)
pixilated
Hazel Green, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2008
6:02 PM

Post #4486639

You've inspired me! I'll have to go hunt down some seeds now. BTW, we never used to do much in the vege garden in winter, but this year we planted broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and sugar snap peas... WAY better in winter than in spring and summer. Now I have something else to look forward to for next winter's garden! Location? Here in zone 8, SO CAL.
Angel_D
Quincy, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 8, 2008
10:51 PM

Post #4513171

Thank you! Great article!

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