IN SEASON: SWEDES
DON’T OVERLOOK THE HUMBLE SWEDE – IT IS A DELICIOUS ALTERNATIVE TO POTATO AND WILL ADD DEPTH AND FLAVOUR TO A RANGE OF DISHES
A salute to the humble swede
NEED TO KNOW
● A member of the cabbage family, swede is best stored in a cupboard out of direct sunlight. If you have time and inclination, its ideal home is in a box on a layer of damp sand. Kept correctly, an unwashed swede will last for months.
● The flesh of swede is excellent at absorbing fat, which is why it’s so tasty boiled and mashed with lashings of butter. But don’t forget swede sweetens with slower cooking, making it ideal to roast.
● This under-used vegetable can also be eaten raw in salad, or sliced into crudités and served with a dip.
● Swede freezes well (simply peel and chop, then place into a freezer bag), creating a convenient ingredient to add to dishes in place of potato.
● Swede makes delicious low-carb chips and wedges, especially with a bit of spice.