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Old 11-26-2020, 05:25 AM   #1
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Rutabaga Greens, worth the effort?

Have a bunch of rutabagas growing. They got to a certain point, but never quite bulbed up ( just kinda thickens , like a carrot), but the greens look healthy and plentiful.

Question is, are the greens worth the effort of trying to do something with, or should I just compost or chicken them and save my time and efforts ?

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Old 11-26-2020, 02:39 PM   #2
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Rutababa greens are good - think turnip greens. I always save the greens from those, as well as kohlrabi, when harvesting them.
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Old 11-26-2020, 02:47 PM   #3
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Thats what I figured. Thanks. I blanched and plan on freezing them for future use.
Probably should have started them a few weeks earlier, but still managed to get enough to do something with. This was my first year growing them.
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:20 PM   #4
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I've never seen rutabagas tat looked like those pictured. I had relatives that grew them every year. They were round, like an oversized turnip, and were kind of beige/yellow on the bottom, and purple on top.

Rutabagas are a cross between a cabbage, and a turnip. They were first grown in Germany, if I recall correctly. So yess, the greens are very edible. You never see the in stores however.

This site shows what I'm used to seeing.

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/ou...abaga-a-turnip

Rutabaga mashed, with butter, pepper, and brown sugar is spectacular.

I would think that the greens would be a lot like uwing collard greens, or fresh spinach. You could even use it in lasagna.

Here's a recipe:

3 cups Tomato Ragu (not the brand, but real ragu), with 1 lb. coarse ground beef, or with sliced sausage of choice ( Kielbasa, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst, etc.), 1/2 cup rutabaga greens, chopped, grated parmesan cheese. Combine ingredients and use with penne pasta. or stuff into manicotti.

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2 cups rutabaga greens
5 radishes, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, rustic chopped
2 medium carrots, sliced
12 oz. dark red kidney beans
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup whole corn kernels
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbs. dill wed
1/2 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients and taste. Adjust vinegar or sugar as needed. Refrigerate for two hours.

I hope everyone is having a safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Old 11-26-2020, 07:28 PM   #5
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I got my rutabagas in late, so they never had enough time to ball up. More like swollen carrots, but they tasted great.

I saw a Robert Irvine show where he cooked up 1/2 rutabegas, 1/2 carrots until soft, mashed with Butter, cream, salt , pepper ( and a touch of sugar if needed)

I basically did a similar version of this, which was great.

I blanched the greens, and gave a quick taste before I froze them, A little sharper than cabbage, but not as sharp as mustard greens.

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Old 11-26-2020, 07:45 PM   #6
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Larry, I would have tried the rutabaga greens. I like greens in general. I tried some zucchini greens this summer. Not bad, it just depends on how hungry I am.



I made some rutabaga baked 'fries' the other day, cooked slices in water until just tender, sliced into fry shape, sprinkled with smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, a little salt. They were surprisingly good and although the rutabaga was large, we ate them all. They have a little sweetness to them.
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Larry, I would have tried the rutabaga greens. I like greens in general. I tried some zucchini greens this summer. Not bad, it just depends on how hungry I am.



I made some rutabaga baked 'fries' the other day, cooked slices in water until just tender, sliced into fry shape, sprinkled with smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, a little salt. They were surprisingly good and although the rutabaga was large, we ate them all. They have a little sweetness to them.
Do you grow ( or have you grown) rutabagas?
This was my first year, just needed a little more time ( I think). Will try again next year and see what happens.
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I did not grow any this year. I have grown them at times in the past.


I really should have grown them this year considering our golden carrots, another root crop, did quite well, I bet the rutabagas would have done well too. But, just a few, I can't make a big crop of it, they aren't as well liked as other things we grow.
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