A root vegetable developed by the hybridisation of the cabbage and the turnip, the swede has different names to different people.
It’s a rutabaga to North Americans, a neep to the Scots, a Swedish turnip to some and, apparently, a snagger to people from the north of England. But to the vast majority of people, it’s known as a swede because it is believed to have originated in Scandinavia, presumably Sweden.
Nutrients in swede
Swede is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of B vitamins. It’s also a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and fibre.
Benefits of swede for dogs
Swede are excellent for promoting kidney health. They can help boost the immune system and assist greatly in regulating your dog’s metabolism.
Low in calories and rich in dietary fibre, swede also have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. So the humble swede for dogs has rather a lot going for it.
From your dog’s perspective, swedes are best boiled or steamed and then chopped or mashed for ease of digestion.