“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
I like to try new foods from time to time and recently I bought my first rutabaga to prepare and to eat. I had been meaning to try a rutabaga for some time because I had read that they are low in calories, a great source of antioxidants, and much more. I consulted a local green grocer as to preparation. He said; “You can cook it any way that you cook a potato.” I got excited.
I look up specifics for the preparation of my rutabaga. I chose to fry it like one may fry a potato. I took the rutabaga and cut it in to wedge shapes. I then used a pairing knife to remove the skin of the rutabaga. Once the skin was gone I cut the wedges in to small rectangles and placed them in to a frying pan with some coconut oil. I fried the pieces until they were a little soft then I put them on my plate.
It tastes like chicken…just kidding. It has a mild sweet taste that has a sense of cabbage and brussels sprouts. I used no butter or seasonings. It was a nice change of pace.
But this is where I found some benefits of rutabagas that were not on any of the nutrition sites that I visited. First, they make you more interesting. Yes, this came as a complete surprise to me. Even though I have seen rutabagas in stores for some time, I have yet to run in to anyone that had actually eaten one. Everyone that I mentioned my dinner to wanted to hear more about rutabagas. Second, they can make you smarter. Because people were so interested in rutabagas I had to do research to answer their questions about its history, nutrition value, and preparation. But what I really discovered was that rutabagas are just a metaphor for stretching yourself. So I challenge you to Find Your Rutabaga.