Swede is full of Vitamin C and is good source of folate and vitamin B6. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, helping the body to absorb iron and normal growth and development. Folate works together with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and makes sure our nervous system is working as it should be. Vitamin B6 helps the body release and store energy from food and is important for maintaining a healthy immune and nervous system.
When to give to your baby +6 months
Swede makes a good choice for one of you baby’s first vegetables. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure.
The perfect swede
Wherever possible we like to use organic swede, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. When choosing a swede for baby food, select one that seems heavy for its size and that is smooth with unblemished skin. As a root vegetable, they keep well stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, but best to eat it as fresh as possible.
Best way to cook them for your baby
Swede makes a great puree, working best added to carrot, pumpkin or even parsnip. Once your little one is ready for more texture, try roasting it with a mixture of vegetables before forking it to your desired consistency. Sage or thyme also works well with this one!
What goes well with swede
Sweet potato, lentils, brown rice, courgette, kale, onion, garlic, sage, thyme