Ask Sid: Turnip or Rutabaga?

February 4th, 2015
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the difference between a turnip and a rutabaga
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Question: My small grocery store tells me that the turnip and rutabaga are basically the same. Is this correct?

Answer: Not really. They are both healthy vegetables that can look similar but also are quite different. Turnips are usually smaller and stay white when cooked. Rutabagas are usually larger with a rougher texture and turn yellow when cooked. They are thought to be cross between a turnip and a cabbage. I prefer the classic pairing of the slightly bitter turnip with most duck recipes rather than the sweeter rutabaga. Try them both yourself and experience their subtle differences.

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February 4th, 2015

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