Skip Navigation Links
 



                     


 



   
    Learn More     Subscribe    
Join Now!      Login
 
 
 
FREE HEALTH
NEWSLETTER
 
 
Stevia - FDA Poll
Should stevia be approved as a sweetener by the FDA?
 
 
 
 
R
aw Food Materia Medica
 


Rutabagas

© Brigitte Mars

Rutabagas (Brassica napus) are believed to be a mutation of a wild cabbage and turnip, all members of the Brassicaceae (Mustard) Family. Rutabagas are believed, native to Siberia and Russia and grow either as an annual or biennial. The word rutabaga is derived from the Swedish "rotabagge", "rota" meaning " round root." Rutabagas are also referred to as Swedish Turnips and Swedes. Until the 1600's, rutabaga was an important European crop, though potatoes lent themselves better to alcohol distillation, and soon were favored. In Southern Europe, rutabagas were consumed by humans and used as animal fodder. Throughout history, animals were often fed the healthiest foods, and humans dined on what was cooked, refined and nutritionally inferior. Before pumpkins were available in Europe, the ancient Celtic celebration of All Hallow's Eve (Samhain), or better known as Halloween, it was a rutabaga (or turnip) that was hollowed out, carved and fitted with a candle, the original Jack o Lantern.

Rutabagas are warming and liver stimulating. Rutabagas have been recommended to treat constipation, improve digestive disorders and to rid the body of intestinal worms. In general, foods in the Mustard Family are all rich in the antioxidant dithiolthiones, sulfur and indoles, all found to have anti-cancer activity. Rutabagas are high in beta-carotene; contain some vitamin C, B complex, calcium, potassium, fiber and carbohydrates.

Look for firm vegetables that are heavy for their size, as lightweight ones are likely to be withered inside. Rutabagas have a yellow hued flesh, grow well in cold climates and last long into the winter. Rutabagas, if commercial are often waxed, so be sure to peel. They can be pureed to make soup, a substitute for mashed potatoes, grated raw into salads or sliced as crudités. October is National Rutabaga month.

View Full Raw Food Materia Medica
About The Author
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist, author and nutritional consultant in Boulder, Colorado. She is author of ...more
 
Share   Facebook   Buzz   Delicious   Digg   Twitter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Our Sponsor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Events
Wellness Inventory Certification Training - Level I
     February 18-May 20, 2014
     Los Angeles, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Wellness, Sensing, dimension!

Search   
Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us

Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.