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Although the part of the swede we eat is not green, it is still from the same family as the rest of our greens.
It is a root vegetable which is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, thought to have originated from Scandinavia or Russia and introduced to England around the end of the 18th century.
The phrase never judge by appearances is never more appropriate than for swede – its rough, slightly purple exterior hides the golden, sweet tasting flesh inside. A delicious addition to casseroles and soups, swede is great for cooking on a budget as it’ll make your meat go further, while giving the dish its own special flavour.
Buying and storing
Look for firm, solid swede – some marks on the exterior are normal.