Rutabagas, or swedes, are a biennial typically grown as an annual. They are root vegetables grown for both their golden root and their greens. Here’s how to plant and grow rutabagas in your garden!
Rutabagas are often mixed up with turnips. They require very similar care to turnips, though they take longer to reach maturity. Unlike turnip greens, rutabaga foilage is smooth, waxy, and blue-green. The root is usually yellow-fleshed, while turnip roots are generally white-fleshed.
Rutabaga is a cool-weather crop, and it tolerates frost and drought. It is primarily grown in the northern United States, Canada, and northern Europe.