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What is a swede vegetable?

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The root vegetable swede, a member of the cabbage family, is also known as the yellow turnip, Swedish turnip, Russian turnip, rutabaga or neeps. Swedes resemble turnips and are purple-green on the outside and yellow-orange on the inside.

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Though they are eaten raw in salads, swedes are also cooked similarly to other root vegetables. Like potatoes, swedes are sometimes peeled, cut into hunks and boiled, roasted or steamed. They tend to fall apart if overcooked.

The best swedes have smooth, clear skins. The smaller the vegetable, the sweeter and more tender it is. Swedes stay fresh in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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