A visit to the year-round West Seattle Farmers Market this week may inspire you to sample a root vegetable that has gotten a bad name over the years--the swede, more commonly known as the rutabaga.
A cross between a cabbage and a turnip, the rutabaga fell out of popularity after World War I, when many Europeans subsisted on a diet of rutabagas and not much else; but perhaps the versatile root vegetable deserves another look. It's a delicious addition to soups and stews, or can be served baked or mashed. Other Famers Market finds this week include fresh Shigoku oysters, leeks, onions, and Romanesco cauliflower, which has a light nutty flavor and can be easily spotted by its beautiful pointed cone-like spirals.
These three Farmers Markets are working it year round: