One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large, round, yellow-fleshed root that is eaten as a vegetable.British term swede (sense 1)
- ‘The more they made you eat your rutabagas, the more you hated rutabagas, right?’
- ‘Carrots (especially the big, woody ones), chicory, overgrown beets, rutabagas, Jerusalem artichokes, lettuce and parsnips are all excellent.’
- ‘For variety, use seasonal vegetables (for example, add sweet potatoes, rutabagas and turnips in winter or corn, fresh tomatoes and peas in summer).’
- ‘Other examples of the class are kale, rutabaga, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and collard.’
- ‘Besides carrots, other root vegetables include turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas.’
- ‘Add the celeriac, potato, turnip, rutabaga, and carrots and stir to coat with butter.’
- ‘My favorite, though, was a simple foie gras terrine, cut in velvet pink slabs, with dense deposits of artichoke and rutabaga in the middle.’
- ‘I'd recommend the potato cake (it has a crisp, hash-brown exterior and is buttery inside), the sweet rutabaga sauerkraut, or the spinach folded in a creamy Parmesan sauce.’
- ‘The menu also reflects the season by using more turnips, carrots, rutabagas and wild mushrooms.’
- ‘The Finnish diet is rich in root vegetables (carrots, beets, potatoes, rutabagas, and turnips) and in fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries in season).’
- ‘Most root crops - including carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabagas and turnips - keep best at 32 degrees F and around 95 percent humidity.’
- ‘In a large bowl, combine the rutabaga, onions, parsnips, carrots, turnips, celeriac, and sweet potatoes and toss to combine.’
- ‘To serve, spoon some rutabaga sauerkraut onto a plate, spoon some salad in the center and set a sweetbread on top.’
- ‘Toss the rutabagas, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and onion with the olive oil and spread them out evenly on a cookie sheet.’
- ‘They therefore named the corresponding genes after vegetables - cabbage, rutabaga, radish and turnip - which some scientists found objectionable.’
- ‘Add carrots, rutabaga, turnips, beets, potatoes, fennel and leeks; simmer until vegetables are tender.’
- ‘Being a happy little global foodie, I can move effortlessly from swede to rutabaga and from muesli to granola wherever I am, but some dishes should always stay true to their origins and not suffer the indignity of translation.’
- ‘Add the onions, rutabaga thyme, and bay leaf and sauté until translucent.’
- ‘In the back yard right now, I am growing garlic, onions, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, fava beans, shallots, spinach, chard, peas, rutabagas and parsley.’
- ‘For this, I recommend the following ten vegetables we can use throughout the winter: baking potatoes, red skin potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, acorn squash, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas and onions.’
2The European plant of the cabbage family that produces this root.
Brassica napus, family Brassicaceae: ‘napobrassica’ group
- ‘In years past when I have planted rutabaga only a few have come up, so this year I decided to plant nearly three rows.’
- ‘The current arrangement is to call the common white turnip B. rapa; to assign its relatives the swede and rutabaga to B. napus ssp rapifera; and rape, grown for its oil-bearing seeds, to B. napus.’
Late 18th century: from Swedish dialect rotabagge.
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