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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Featured great food of the week Swede.

Americans know it as "rutabaga". The Scottish call it "neeps" and serve it with haggis. The swede, a fairly recent root vegetable, is thought to have originated around the 17th century in Bohemia. In 1620 a Swiss botanist described the root vegetable, believed to be a hybrid of the cabbage and the turnip. By 1664 it was growing in England. A good source of vit.C, fibre, folate and potassium. Low in calories.


Wash then peel thoroughly to remove the thick outer skin. Swede can be prepared and served in any of the methods used for potatoes. Swede can be added to soups, stews and casseroles. Use mashed swede instead of mashed potato it has a slightly sweet taste. Swede can also be made into fritters and pancakes. Collins Gem states 2.3 grams of carb per 100 grams. Who needs BG raising spuds ?


Anonymous said...

I agree swede does have a slightly sweet taste. Its lovely as a topping to a shepherds/cottage pie. Add some grated cheese on the top its really tasty.


frankweir said...

I cubed it, poured a bit of olive oil over them, salt and pepper, and grilled them on a barbecue. Delicious. With these as well as turnips, there's NO NEED to eat potatoes! Thanks for your GREAT blog by the way! Greetings from Michigan in the U.S.

Lowcarb team member said...

Thanks Frank. Our guru is the US Dr.Richard Bernstein. A lowcarb diabetic and a diabetic for over 60 years and still working at 80 years of age, that will do me.


frankweir said...

Hi Eddie! Yep...I've got both of Dr. Bernstein's books but haven't plowed through the LONG one yet! By the way, your cauliflower casserole recipe is fantastic. Made it last night...wife loved it too. Your recipes help someone who isn't a cook, me, actually get cooking good-tasting dishes. I just have to use a converter online to figure out what the heck this "liters" and "grams" thing is!! We gave up on metrics in the 1960s and it was one of the many dumb things the U.S. has done...but I won't open THAT can of Swede!!

Anonymous said...

I am confused. Was looking to see if swede was lower in carbs than potato and have
read that it is but not good for diabetics. have been having it in my diet, weight has gone down but sugar level is increased and that is the only reason I can think of.
Anyone tell me what to do please.


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Eileen

Swede is much lower in carbs than potato. I have never read or heard of any problems for anyone including diabetics. Have you got any links regarding negative info for swede?

Kind regards Eddie