A little known hearty root vegetable, this nutrient rich organic superfood is highly praised by the Swedes for their sweet and mild flavor. Rutabaga not only can nourish your body, but also promote a sense of well-being.
Unlike turnips, which has been around since the ancient times, rutabaga is relatively a “modern” vegetable. Also known as Swede, rutabaga is an organic superfood that is a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. Its botanical name is brassica napus and is said to have originated from Scandinavia in the 17th century. It was later on introduced extensively to England near the end of the 18th century.
Rutabaga thrives well in cold weather making them popular in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden, where they got their other name “Swede”. This organic superfood is larger and denser with a root system that are tougher than that of turnips and starchier too. Rutabagas’ flesh is mostly yellowish in color with a nutty, sweet and less bitter taste than turnips.
Rutabaga is packed to max with top nutrition that makes it one of the healthiest food around. It is rich in fiber and an excellent source of beta –carotene. Equally abundant in minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and manganese. All these works in synergy to provide the body with nutritional benefits and help protect you from heart disease and certain form of cancers.
Vitamin C which is the most significant nutrient of this superfood comprises about 53% of the daily recommended allowance. An essential vitamin needed for proper collagen production, which is a crucial component of connective tissue and an important part in healing of wounds. And like all crucifers, this organic superfood is loaded with phytochemicals most of which are believed to act as antioxidants and anti-carcinogens. Chemicals that include coumarin, flavonoids, carotenoids, isothiocyanates and phenolic acids.
Any side effect from eating rutabaga? Yes, wholesome as it is, this root veggie may cause bloating, flatulence and abdominal pain as it contain a complex sugar called raffinose. So, if you have a kidney problem, it’s best to avoid eating rutabaga. Better yet, talk to your health provider about how you can include this veggie in your diet with very minimal side effect.
This week-end, have fun and enjoy this simple roasted rutabaga recipe. One rutabaga, peeled and diced, drizzled with unrefined coconut oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper on a baking sheet and roast until soft. Garnish as desired and… happy eating!
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