Swede cut in half

Swede

|sw-ee-d|

Swede, also known as rutabaga or neeps, is a root vegetable. Find out how to select, store, prepare and cook swede, and when it's in season.

What is swede?

A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look quite different. It’s also known as yellow turnip, Swedish turnip and Russian turnip and, in America, rutabaga.

Advertisement

In Scotland, where it’s known as neeps, swede is the traditional accompaniment to haggis on Burns Night. Swede has a round shape and a purple-green skin, and the flesh is yellowy-orange, with a sweet, earthy flavour. It disintegrates fairly easily if overcooked, so always keep to cooking times.

How to prepare swede

Cut off the root, then peel, and cut into chunks.

How to cook swede

Cut into chunks and boil (12-15 mins), roast (40-55 mins) or steam (10-15 mins).

Take a look at ourswede recipe collectionfor delicious seasonal dishes.

How to store swede

In a perforated or brown paper bag in the fridge – it will keep for about a week.

When is swede in season?

British season runs from midOctoberto lateFebruary.

Choose the best swede

Look for swedes with smooth, unblemished skins; smaller swedes have a sweeter flavour and a more tender texture.

Advertisement

Alternatives to swede

Tryturnip.

Baidu