Rutabagas, or swedes, are root vegetables grown for both their golden root and their greens. Midsummer is the best time to plant rutabagas for a bumper fall harvest. Here’s how to grow interesting rutabagas in your garden!
Rutabaga is a cool-weather root vegetable. It’s actually a biennial plant but typically grown as an annual crop.
They are often mixed up with turnips, however, they actually have a sweeter flavor than these cousins.
The rutabaga root is usually yellow-fleshed while turnip roots are generally white-fleshed. And, unlike turnip greens, rutabaga foliage is smooth, waxy, and blue-green.
They do require very similar care to turnips, though they take longer to reach maturity. They taste best after a couple light frosts.