Closely related to turnips, the rutabaga is larger and rounder with a sweeter flavor. The rutabaga, also called a "swede", is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. This vegetable can be boiled and pureed, or used in soups, stir fried or braised. Older, stored rutabagas are not typically eaten raw but newly harvested sweet rutabaga can be added to a salad or sliced into strips and eaten with a dip. Use rutabaga in place of carrots in any recipe calling for cooked carrot.
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