Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Rutabaga

Serving size, 1 cup, cooked

  • Calories 34
  • Protein 1.1 grams
  • Carbohydrates 7.8 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 3.1 grams
  • Vitamin D 0 mcg
  • Calcium 51.2 mg
  • Iron .3 mg
  • Potassium 273 mg

Turnip Greens

Serving size, 1 cup, cooked

  • Calories 20
  • Protein 1.1 grams
  • Carbohydrates 4.3 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 3.5 grams
  • Vitamin D 0 mcg
  • Calcium 136 mg
  • Iron .8 mg
  • Potassium 202 mg


Preparation & Serving

When selecting for good quality, choose rutabagas that are heavy for their size and free of soft spots or cracks. Look for smooth, firm vegetables with a nice round shape. Avoid rutabagas with punctures, deep cuts, cracks, or signs of decay.

Rutabagas will keep for months in a cool storage place. They store well in plastic bags in a refrigerator or cold cellar. Store unwashed rutabagas in a plastic bag for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Store only mature vegetables of good quality. 


Home Preservation

Canning is not recommended for home canning.


  • Select young, medium-sized rutabagas.
  • Cut off tops, wash and peel.
  • Cubed: Cut into cubes and water blanch 3 minutes. Cool, drain and pack, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.
  • Mashed: Cut into chunks and cook until tender in boiling water. Drain, mash, cool and pack into containers, leaving headspace. Seal and freeze.