What is swede?

A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look quite different. It's also known as yellow turnip, Swedish turnip and Russian turnip and, in America, rutabaga.

In Scotland, where it's known as neeps, swede is the traditional accompaniment to haggis on Burns Night. Swede has a round shape and a purple-green skin, and the flesh is yellowy-orange, with a sweet, earthy flavour. It disintegrates fairly easily if overcooked, so always keep to cooking times.

How to prepare swede

Cut off the root, then peel, and cut into chunks.

How to cook swede

Cut into chunks and boil (12-15 mins), roast (40-55 mins) or steam (10-15 mins).

Take a look at our swede recipe collection for delicious seasonal dishes.

How to store swede

In a perforated or brown paper bag in the fridge – it will keep for about a week.

When is swede in season?

British season runs from mid October to late February.

Choose the best swede

Look for swedes with smooth, unblemished skins; smaller swedes have a sweeter flavour and a more tender texture.

Alternatives to swede

Try turnip.