Fresh this month: Swede (Rutabaga)
The humble swede, or rutabaga, is a cold weather brassica root, perhaps best known in the UK for its inclusion in the famous Branston Pickle. There are many of us who were put off swede for years because of the watery pulp our school kitchens reduced it to back in the 60s and 70s. That, and the fact that it is a traditional livestock food and a lot of people seem to have some difficulty in accepting as human food that which they happily feed to animals. (But that's another issue...) Well I say swede is a perfectly good vegetable, with nutritional value, versatility and a distinctive flavour, plus it's cheap and plentiful round here in Winter. Really, what's not to like?