The Swede (also referred to by Americans as the rutabaga) is a root vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family. Often confused with the turnip, the swede has a strong, slightly earthy flavour that is popular in winter meals. They are often round in shape with yellow-brown skin that has a purple tinge. The swede provides vitamins A and C as well as being a rich source of fibre, calcium and potassium. Swedes can be boiled, mashed, steamed and roasted – just make sure to peel it first!