A lesson in the field to learn about swedes

Coldingham Primary School, P5/6/7 pupils visited Drysdales swede fields in their quest to find out about food journeys and sustainability
Coldingham Primary School, P5/6/7 pupils visited Drysdales swede fields in their quest to find out about food journeys and sustainability

Coldingham Primary School pupils saw for themselves how vegetables get from the field to the processing factory, supermarket and then the plate.

While learning about food journeys and sustainability, the P5-7 pupils visited Drysdale’s swede fields to see the harvester at work and learn about the journey that the humble vegetable goes on before being cooked and eaten.

After seeing the swedes being harvested the pupils then went on to visit Drysdale’s vegetable-processing factory, where they saw the vegetables washed, sized and prepared for supermarkets.

Farm and facilities director Ian McLachlan then gave them a lesson in how to peel and chop swede safely, before they got to the best bit – sampling Drysdale’s honey-roasted swede wedges.

Drysdales is the largest swede-grower in the country, growing a third of swedes eaten in the UK.

It was the first grower to wash and grade swede, develop a self-propelled harvester and create ready-to-cook easy swede.

The company grows 50,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables all year round for British supermarkets, controlling the growing and processing of all the products it supplies.