Swede is a root vegetable belonging to the cabbage family. It is often confused with turnips as both vegetables share so many similarities and people often question whether it's a swede or turnip so to clarify this matter, swede is generally larger in size, it is round in shape and has tough pink, purple, or white shades of skin.
The flesh of a swede is generally white or yellow in color. Swede and turnips are so closely related that some regard them as the same vegetable. For example, Scotland, where they are known as neeps. Sometimes swede is known by other names including swede-turnips or Swedish turnips.
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This vegetable provides many health benefits as it's a good source of vitamins and nutrients. This healthy vegetable provides vitamin A and vitamin C.

The nutritional value of swede is great as this smooth tasting, mild and sweet flavored vegetable provides a rich source of fibre, calcium and potassium.

This vegetable is very low in calories and swedes are healthy vegetables that provide goodness. This root vegetable will provide a higher nutritional value if it isn't over-cooked.

The amount of calories in swede depends on the cooking method, for example if it is roasted, baked, steamed mashed, pureed or boiled. The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of calories in swede.

Calories in Swede per 100 grams:
Boiled Swede - 11 calories

The History of Swede
Swede originated centuries ago in Sweden but did not become a popular eating vegetable for humans until more recent times. Swede was originally fed to cattle and it was grown mainly by people from lower classes and it was a good, healthy and substantial part of their diet, particularly in the winter.

Swede is often referred to as a winter vegetable. When swede was first cultivated, it was known by a different name which was 'turnip-rooted cabbage'. It wasn't until 1780 when Sweden introduced this vegetable to Great Britain when it became known by the name 'swede'. More recent times have seen the popularity of the swede rise and its health benefits have finally been given the recognition that this fine, healthy vegetable deserves.

Types of Swede
There are different varieties of swede, all of which provide good nutritional value and benefit our health. There are yellow and white fleshed swedes. Two of the more popular types of swede are Merrick and Marian.

Picking and Storing Swede/strong>
Swede should be stored in a cool dry place to help maintain its freshness for longer. When you are picking swedes, choose ones that are firm with smooth and blemish free skin as fresher swedes will contain the highest nutritional value. Try to select the freshest and smaller sized swedes where possible.

Preparing and Cooking with Swede
When preparing this vegetable for cooking, the skin should be peeled first in order to remove it. Swede can be cooked in different ways and used in various swede recipes. This delicious tasting vegetable compliments potato wonderfully when these two healthy vegetables are mashed together.

Swede can be boiled, steamed, baked and roasted. It is a nice addition to roast dinner and compliments other vegetables, particularly carrot, very well. Swede is also a great vegetable for use in soups and casseroles.

It is a very filling and substantial food item that is full of goodness and vitality. When cooking swede, it is important to get it just right and the only way to do this is to frequently check it whilst it's cooking. This vegetable should be tender when eaten but it shouldn't be either over-cooked or under-cooked.

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