Can you eat raw swede?

 The simple answer is yes. But if you grate up some swede and eat it as it is you will discover that there isn't much flavour there. It's not until it is cooked that it reveals its deep bitter flavours.

Not put off I have created a couple of recipes that enhance its subtle crunchy texture. The first recipe takes advantage of the fact that swede works well with spices and uses mustard seeds and turmeric.

Spiced raw swede

Spice raw swede


300g of peeled swede
2 tablespoons of oil of your choice
1 teaspoon of black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
little salt
juice of half a lemon

First of all grate your swede into a bowl. Secondly you need to heat the oil in a small pan over a medium heat. Wait until it is good and hot and then add the mustard seeds on their own. If the oil is hot enough they should splutter and jump around in the pan. This is good. Cooking them this way tempers the oil with their delicious nutty flavour. Careful not to overheat the pan and burn them. When the noise has died down a bit, turn down the heat a little,  add the turmeric and the cumin and cook in the oil for about 2 minutes. 

Pour the spices onto the grated swede, mix in, and then add the salt and lemon juice.

The next recipe uses ingredients you may have in the cupboard or fridge. 

Pesto swede

Pesto swede


300g peeled swede
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons of superfood pesto or basil pesto
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
pinch of salt

Simply grate the swede into a bowl and mix all of the ingredients in.