Depending on where you are in the world, you will know this tasty root vegetable as a swede, a Swedish turnip, a rutabaga or a brassica rapa!
Quite a variety of names for a simple vegetable, which is woefully neglected as a source of baby food. Swede is actually a member of the cabbage family and is a cross between a turnip and kale. It is a rich source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), vitamin C and minerals.
Swede can be included in your baby’s diet from 6 months of age (or from 4 months if your doctor recommends introducing solids before 6 months of age). It was actually among the first foods we offered to our little ones!
When choosing a swede, select one that seems heavy for its size, with smooth, unblemished skin.
For babies under 6 months, the simplest way to prepare a swede puree is to peel the swede, dice it, then steam the dice until tender.
Mash the cooked swede, or puree it in a blender, adding a little breast milk or cooking water to thin it if necessary.
Here are two very healthy and nutritious baby food recipes using swede/rutabaga that your little one will love!
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