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Whats the difference between a turnip and a swede?
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Old 14-10-2006, 6:32 PM
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Question Whats the difference between a turnip and a swede?

I've recently found a great cheap organic food coop just round the corner, so it's time to get used to new veg which I haven't bought before.

This week we got two of what I thought were swedes but my boyfriend said were turnips, I've done some searchs on google and can't work out the difference. :confused:

I'm also going to have to get used to using loads of potatos, so will need to shift from rice & pasta based dishes to potato based. Have also toyed with idea of making soup for boyfriends packed lunches instead of him having to live on cheese and pickle sarnies.

I'd never thought I'd get so much organic fruit & veg for just 6 a week!
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Old 14-10-2006, 6:46 PM
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Is the bf a Scot by any chance? I believe swedes are known as turnips or 'neeps in Scotland.

To me, an Englishwoman a swede is quite a big beast- about the size of a baby's head. They are purply-orange on the outside and orange inside.Swedes are delicious boiled and mashed and served with lots of butter and black pepper.

A turnip is much smaller and is purple at one end and white at the other. They are white inside.

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Old 14-10-2006, 6:47 PM
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swede

turnip

swede turnip
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Old 14-10-2006, 6:48 PM
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The difference is that I love swede but hate turnip

Is that any help at all?
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fatbelly: brilliant!!!!!
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Old 14-10-2006, 6:58 PM
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Also in N.Ireland turnips are the big purple things with orange insides - and swedes are those other things as pictured by fatbelly. Google will be suitably confused too I bet. Thank you fatbelly for those pictures. Specially the one of poor Sven lol.

The English supermarkets sometimes get turnips and swedes confused too here in N.Ireland - or rather they don't always label what we N.Irelanders know as turnip to be turnip. I wonder if they get the price confused too.

The other one that caused me mega confusion was scallions - known as spring onion in England. I didn't know what spring onions were for a long time - I just thought the scallions were in the wrong place on the shelf, lol!

Then there is aubergine and egg plant - the same thing, but egg plant is the name the Americans use.

Zuccini = courgettes

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Old 14-10-2006, 7:31 PM
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Thank you,

I think I'm right then, always imagined turnips to be pale.

My swede looks like fatbelly's first pic.
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Old 14-10-2006, 7:52 PM
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A good way to make both turnips and swede taste MAGNIFICENT:

Do not boil, but cube and sautee in a pan with olive oil, chopped garlic and shredded fresh chillies. Once cooked, sprinkle with freshly chopped flat leaf parsley. Enjoy!

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I cook my swede and make mash (as you would potato) and then add a grated carrot which has been steamed in the microwave. Makes the best mashed swede.
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turnips & swedes are the same vegetable. scots call them turnips. we carve turnips for halloween. think the picture called "turnip" just looks different due to the way the picture has been taken
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Turnips are things you put in stews etc...swedes come from sweden?
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As Wikipedia has the answer to all life's questions first I searched for 'turnip' - see below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnip

Good result so far. Then I searched for 'swede'................

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swede


What the flip!!! :confused:

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turnip....white and purple

swede ....purple and orangey yellow!

turnip....bland

swede....sweet and scrummy!
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Originally Posted by Penny Watcher
As Wikipedia has the answer to all life's questions first I searched for 'turnip' - see below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnip

Good result so far. Then I searched for 'swede'................

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swede


What the flip!!! :confused:
I think Wikipedia is American, and in America a swede is called a rutabaga !. Just to add to the confusion
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Heheheheee, we had this discussion a while back, (blimey, almost a year ago!!) and I'm sure it will come up again at some point.

Anyone interested, here's the previous discussion Turnip/Swede
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turnips & swedes are the same vegetable.
Don't think you're right there, never been the same vegetable in our house. Clearly two different types.
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... Swedes are delicious boiled and mashed and served with lots of butter and black pepper...
and a sprinkle of nutmeg please gotta have a sprinkling of nutmeg

Use cubed swede along with others when you make a dish of roasted root veg, scrummy!

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I once had a (very polite ) disagreement at the checkout at Sainsbury's with the checkout operator and a supervisor. (I'm an Englishwoman living in Scotland). What they called a turnip, I called a swede. In the end because we couldn't agree they let me have it free!
Afterwards I went back and checked the display -they were labelled as turnips! (but Fatbelly above confirms they were swedes!)
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Another confused household here - my DH is from Sunderland and what I call a swede he calls a turnip and the other one pictured is a baby turnip apparently according to him anyway. Maybe Hadrian's Wall should have been built just north of York to include the north east in Scotland. Mind you there is a group in the north east trying to get the north east classed as its own country like Wales and Scotland.
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