How To Grow Rutabaga And There Benefits

Rutabaga or swede is a delicious root vegetable and is often compared and confused with a turnip. Native to Scandinavia and Russia, rutabaga is very hardy, grows well in a cool, wet climate, and is grown annually. In this article, we will share how to grow rutabaga, the nutrients and health benefits that can be gained from adding this vegetable to your diet.

If your considering grow rutabaga here are some recommended varieties: ‘Wilhelmsburger’, ‘American Purple Top’, ‘Laurentian’, and ‘Marian’.

How To Grow Rutabaga

Sow rutabaga directly outdoors from mid-spring to mid-summer. Grow in rutabaga in open soil, or in garden beds in full sun. Sow around 2cm deep 30cm(12in) apart in moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.

Water when the soil starts drying out, especially in hot weather, and keep soil evenly moist to avoid cracking. Fertilizers are optional, but if you want the best results feed with a 5-10-10 fertilizer, lower in nitrogen and higher in phosphorus and potassium, both encourage a healthy, strong root system.

Keep soil weed free, and mulch wirth straw before frosty weathers. Rutabaga is ready to harvest from september onwards.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Rutabaga contains many beneficial nutrients such as vitamins- C, E, and B-9, minerals- potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. They are also high in antioxidants and offer many health benefits such as preventing premature aging, promoting bowel health, and weight loss.

Rutabaga can be easily added to your diet and can be prepared in many different ways. It can be boiled, mashed, fried, roasted, steamed, sautéed, grilled, and eaten raw. Try adding them to your favourite soups, stews, steamed vegetables, and salads, or any main meat-based dishes.