Rutabagas will stand some frost but should be dug before the ground freezes. The root should be 3 to 5 inches in diameter to be mild flavored and tender. Rutabagas that are overmature or come from drought-stressed plants will be tough and woody. Harvest in late September or as needed for meals.

Use Storage Method 1. Rutabagas keep well under refrigeration, in an outdoor pit, or in an underground cellar. They will emit odors during storage. Storage is possible for 2 to 4 months.

Nutrition note: 1/2 cup cooked rutabagas contains 33 calories and 1.5 grams fiber and is an excellent source of vitamin C (27% DV). Color = yellow/orange.

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