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Swede/Tuwīti tānapu


Swedes are available all year round, but they are harder to get in December and January


Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating. 



Swedes have been around since the 17th century when the swede was developed in Sweden, from a hybrid between a turnip and a type of cabbage.



  • Swedes belong to the same family as turnips and cabbages
  • Different cultures have developed their own ways to use them
  • The Scottish serve them boiled and mashed with their traditional dish, haggis
  • In the American Midwest they are mashed and candied
  • In Finland they are casseroled with cream and spices
  • Swede is also known as Swedish turnip or rutabaga, rutabaga is Swedish for red bags, referring to the purple, bronze crowns
  • Swedes are quite similar to turnips, however, swede flesh is yellow orange, not white, and they taste sweeter than turnips
  • Swedes are more available in winter and are said to be better tasting after a good frost, hence the best swedes in New Zealand are reputed to be those grown south of Gore in Southland
  • Although the leaves are eaten in many countries, it is the edible roots that are commercially available in New Zealand
  • Swedes have a delicate flavour, great texture and are very versatile


Growing Facts

  • Plant in January to April
  • They take about three to four months to grow and are best harvested after a frost

Nutrition Information

1 cup cubes = 140 g

  Average Quantity per serving % Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 176/42 2% 125/30
Protein (g) 1.12 2% 0.8
Fat, total (g) 0.1 0% 0.1
- saturated (g) 0.02 0% 0.02
Available carbohydrate (g) 7.1 2% 5.1
- sugars (g) 6.9 8% 4.9
Dietary Fibre (g) 3.8 13% 2.7
Sodium (mg) 29.4 1% 21
Vitamin C (mg) 27 67% RDI* 19
Niacin (mg) 1.4 14% RDI* 1
Thiamin (mg) 0.14 13% RDI* 0.1
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.32 20% RDI* 0.23
Potassium (mg) 223   159

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)

Source: FOODfiles 2016