The swede life
WITH VITAMINS AND MINERALS GALORE, SWEDE IS A VEGETABLE YOU’LL WANT TO ADD TO YOUR SHOPPING LIST
Why you should be eating this root veg
Often overlooked in favour of parsnips or turnips, swedes are nonetheless packed full of muchneeded vitamins and nutrients.
Also known as rutabagas in North America, one serving of this hearty vegetable provides just over half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which helps the body heal wounds and protects against free radicals. They also contain plenty of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure – and when combined with their high fibre content (12 per cent of our daily intake), swede helps lower cholesterol and decreases your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Plus, they’re considered a healthier alternative to potatoes, as they don’t have as many ‘empty’ carbohydrates. This nutritious vegetable is the ultimate healthy comfort food. Try this chilli and herb swede crush. Chilli and herb swede crush
Boil or steam 1kg of swede, peeled and coarsely chopped, until tender; drain. Coarsely crush the swede with 40g butter and 1/4 cup cream in a medium bowl. Stir in 1 fresh long red chilli, seeded and chopped finely, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsely, 1 tbsp finely chopped chives and 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind. Season to taste with salt. Serves 4.