Rutabaga Vs Turnip - Knowledgebase Question

Fort George G. Meade, MD
Question by AJHarrison3
March 16, 2000
Is a rutabaga the same as a turnip? What is the difference?


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Answer from NGA
March 16, 2000

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These two root crop brassicas are related but have distinctly different flavors. Turnips are Brassica rapa. The roots grow nearly round and turnips have creamy white flesh. Rutabaga is Brassica napus. The roots can grow up to 8" and are yellow-fleshed.

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