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Old 02-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #21
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Although similar they are different, a turnip is white and the swede is yellow. The swede has a slightly sweeter taste whereas the turnip is more peppery . I actually prefer turnip. I use it a lot for root mash with carrots.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:41 PM   #22
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What we call turnip in England - pictures here (although it seems that swede has invaded )https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pi...hrome&ie=UTF-8 - is really called French turnip and the swede (rutabaga) is Swedish turnip.

When I lived in Glasgow for a while (my husband was on the Highlands and Islands Flying Ambulance run). I was given a recipe by a local lady for her vegetable soup, I couldn't understand why it wasn't the same colour as hers. It was how I found out that in Scotland rutabaga was called turnip. Confused - I was too
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #23
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a swede is a norwegian guy that's better at hocke but not as good at skiing or speed skating.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #24
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A swede (or Swedish turnip) is what people in the British Isles/Australia/NZ call the vegetable we know as rutabaga in the US and Canada. It's a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. The name rutabaga comes from the Swedish word "rotabagge". The photo on the right below is a rutabaga/swede. I must have ate a thousand of these things growing up.

The photo on the left is a turnip. They look somewhat similar, but a rutabaga has more of an orange tint on the outside and tends to be larger.


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Old 02-16-2013, 04:36 AM   #25
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A swede (or Swedish turnip) is what people in the British Isles/Australia/NZ call the vegetable we know as rutabaga in the US and Canada. It's a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. The name rutabaga comes from the Swedish word "rotabagge". The photo on the right below is a rutabaga/swede. I must have ate a thousand of these things growing up.

The photo on the left is a turnip. They look somewhat similar, but a rutabaga has more of an orange tint on the outside and tends to be larger.


I don't know Steve. My mom didn't look at all like that!
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:45 AM   #26
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I'm glad you found that out because my family are Swedes and I would sure hate for someone to dice us up!

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:52 AM   #27
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Some of this thread belongs in "Today's Funny." You all have me laughing very hard. I need time out to catch my breath. A great way to start my day. Thanks to all of you.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:32 AM   #28
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Swedes are rutabagas. The other turnips pictured are "summer" crops, rutabagas are fall crops. But the other definition of a Swede is s/one born in Sweden. During WWI in England, rutabagas were planted as cow food. I don't know why rutabagas are called Swedes in Great Britain. I assume it is because rutabaga is very popular in the Scandinavian countries. I love rutabaga. The tops are also very tasty. BTW, the Swedes that come out of my garden don't look anything like the picture--not nearly as purple, more blonde in color.
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I love to make another Scots standby. Boil some potatoes/swede with about one third ratio pots/swede. When tender, mash with a little cream and lots and lots of butter and ground pepper. Glorious.
Mom would make mashed taters and turnip/rutabagga like that and I loved it. But my hub and dd's are not fans
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