Yes Hugh

Few vegetables are more British than swede and parsnip, says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

That\’s why it\’s full name is \”Swedish turnip\” then, eh?

7 thoughts on “Yes Hugh”

  1. Weren’t all the brassicas introduced by the Romans and Henry VIII? That’s how I remember it from School, anyway.

    That staple of Italian cooking, the tomato, is from the new world, as are those chillies which are so important in Indian cooking…

    Doesn’t mean tomato dishes aren’t Italian though.

  2. As far as I’m aware, the Swede was introduced in the late medieval period where it caused a revolution in farming. It could be grown as a fodder crop for winter allowing the farmers to feed their herds through the winter instead of slaughtering all but a few, which they had to do up until then.

  3. Is it called “Swedish” because it’s Swedish, though? Brussels sprouts aren’t from Belgium and scotch eggs aren’t Scottish. Even if it was originally Swedish, though, Hugh’s still right. Apple pie isn’t quintessentially American because apples come from the US; it’s because of American cooking and eating habits. Apples and orchards couldn’t be much more Kentish, regardless of the fact that apples are from Afghanistan. Tulips are very Dutch, though they come from the Middle East.

    The idea that the British are genetically mixed up is a myth. Genetic research has shown that we’re mostly not descended from invaders or immigrants.

  4. S2: unless we sprouted from the earth like mushrooms after a rain storm, we’re all descended from one or the other. The only truly autochthonous people are in the African Rift Valley.

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