Swedes have a strong, earthy flavour with a hint of sweetness. They have a purple to bronze crown on white skin on the outside and creamy yellow-orange flesh on the inside. Crisp young swedes can be eaten fresh, sliced and eaten like an apple or added to salads. They can also be mashed, stir-fried, roasted, fried or steamed.
Choose swedes that are small, but relatively heavy for their size. Look for smooth skins and a firm texture with no blemishes or soft Patches. Swedes can be stored in the fridge for up to three weeks in the crisper section.
Did you know? Swedes grow easily, even in cold climates. Many people grew swedes during the second world war to provide extra food for their families. In fact, swedes were so commonly used that after the war, many people stopped eating them because they were tired of them. They decreased so much in popularity that many people in the younger generations are not sure what to do with them. As they rediscover this vegetable, they are finding new uses and creating fun new recipes.