Originally a cross between a turnip and a cabbage, Rutabagas are another one of those neglected crops. That is unfortunate because they are wonderful. The large round roots grow very easy, similar to a beet, and have purple skin on the tops and creamy white skin on the bottom. The flesh is very yellow, and when baked or roasted they become deliciously creamy and sweet. Laurentian is a variety from Canada that is extra tender and sweet. I like to roast them in the oven or add to pot pies or stews. Plant them early in the spring or early in the fall because they like cooler weather. Store in the cellar for months.