This turnip-like vegetable should not be confused with kohlrabi (right). Both the leaves and root can be eaten, but they are widely used as winter feed for livestock.
In parts of Europe, like Germany and France, it is considered to be a food of last resort, because they were available during the time of food shortages during World War 1 and 2. Thus there are unhappy memories associated with this vegetable. Here in the USA, they are tossed into stews and casseroles as a flavor enhancer. It has a bitter taste. 100 grams will give you 42% of vitamin C for the day.
And, ah, who can avoid going to the International Rutabaga Curling Championship, which occurs at the Ithaca Farmer's Market in upstate New York, typically on the third weekend in December. Sorry, you just missed it. Put December 15 on your schedule for next year. In 2002, the winner was 8-year old David Trevaskis.
However, Robb made a comeback, presenting at the 2012 Alaska State Fair a 138.25 pound cabbage.
My final momentous mystery has to do with cows. Did you know they almost always eat facing north or south?
This now makes you wonder if you can sleep better lying along the magnetic path. In India (and Chinese Feng shui), it is said that you should never ever sleep with the top of your head pointing north if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Dreams will be terrible and you will lose 50% of your willpower. Something to do with hemoglobin. Head to the east is best.
But this gets complicated, for the sense now is that this would depend if you sleep in the northern or southern hemisphere. The affect, apparently, reverses in the N-S directions.
Okay, so much for ancient eastern medicine, but what does science say?
- Those who sleep in an East-West position (whoops, that's me, but my bedroom arrangement would mean a complete re-arrangement), have shorter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycles.
- North-South sleepers got more REM sleep, which is necessary for greater health and well being.