Why on Earth…

… Tesco feel the need to shrink-wrap their swedes, I will never know. Do you think they come out of the factory like that?

It’s the end times, I tell you.

15 Responses to Why on Earth…

  1. Flighty says:

    I’m sure that I’ve seen this commented on elsewhere recently. Not only shrink-wrapped but all the same size and colour with little regard for taste! Mind you you’re lucky to see swedes on sale at all nowadays! xx

  2. disgruntled says:

    oh, this is Scotland, some sort of swede/turnip affair is pretty much compulsory.

  3. Flighty says:

    So will you be growing them next year?

  4. R::B says:

    Like bananas in a plastic bag! Aaaargh!

  5. Jenny says:

    Swedes? That’s unheard of – they’ll be doing that to spuds next. Sheesh. We get shrink wrapped corn cobs from faraway places when it’s out of season, and I’m a little appalled at that. Corn cob NOT eaten dripping with butter and holding on to the peeled back green skins? Hard to credit. (We don’t even bother with the little plastic doodacky’s that are meant to be stuck at each end).

  6. Dom says:

    It’s all to do with reducing the amount of packaging. Since shrink wrap conforms closely to the shape of whatever is being wrapped it is a very efficient way of packaging things. You’ll notice many things no longer have their big boxes and are now shrink wrapped with a little cardboard strip or sticker telling you what it is. So before when your swede… oh. I’ve spotted a flaw.

    Maybe it’s to protect your swede from all the germs and the handling that goes on in the supermarket. I sure a frightening number of people every year have some bad thing happen to them due to handled, uncovered fruit and veg.

  7. disgruntled says:

    RB – I know, especially as they’re already pretty well packaged themselves
    Jenny – sadly, all our sweetcorn comes not just peeled and shrinkwrapped but on a little styrofoam tray here
    Dom – yeah, because Swedes bruise so easily. Um…

  8. 2whls3spds says:

    I have never understood WHY things like veggies have to be shrink wrapped with little styrofoam trays under them.

    As far as the contamination factor…ever heard of water and a veggie brush?


  9. Nick says:

    But my dear, otherwise you might get a microscopic piece of dirt (left on the Swede because Tesco’s electronic swede-washer isn’t actually as good as they’d like you to think it is) on your sensitive little hand. And that would never do, would it? So now say ‘Thank you Tesco’.

  10. disgruntled says:

    You have to peel about half an inch off a swede before you get to the edible bit anyway … it’s all madness. Looks like I’m going to have to grow them after all.

  11. Miss Mary says:

    So what is a swede? From the comments, I am thinking it is a root vegetable, but you said it was manufactured. The advantage to lycra is the padding in the seat area. It helps.

  12. disgruntled says:

    It’s what you call a rutabaga in the US I think (I don’t think they’re really manufactured, but I wouldn’t put anything past Tescos). Not exactly the most delicate of vegetables…

  13. cha0tic says:

    The Barcode and Best Before date have to go somewhere.

  14. disgruntled says:

    Hehe – is there any date, ever, that swedes are actually ‘best before’? Perhaps a ‘least bad before?’

    Although, having said that, pot roasting it under a fine piece of Highland Brisket cheered it up considerably

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