The Root of the Matter

Stop overlooking one of autumn’s most awesome offerings

Now that it’s November, you’re sure to see all sorts of roots taking center stage at your local grocery. Easy to prepare any which way and usually low priced, these vegetables shine in our holiday meals and often fall into the comfort food category for many. But don’t let the likes of potatoes, yams, and parsnips get all the glory! It’s time to consider the seasonal produce you may be overlooking: the rutabaga. 

Rotund, knobby, and yellowish-brown in appearance, it’s easy to mistake this cool-weather cruciferous for a turnip (another under-appreciated fall root). They are extremely versatile, and can handle just about any preparation you’d normally give a potato — mashed, roasted, fried, or pureed into soup to name a few — but are loaded with nutritional benefits, too. Here are some of the reasons the humble rutabaga is right for you:

Fiber: up to 14% of your daily-recommended amount*

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Potassium: aids muscle contraction and supports proper health function 

Vitamin C: 19 milligrams of this essential nutrient*

Antioxidants: shown to reduce growth of cancers

Zinc, calcium and magnesium: essential for bone growth and regeneration

Iron: key in blood circulation, temperature regulation, and cognitive function 

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* in a 100-gram serving

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