turnip confusion

Ann Serff asked 16 years ago

Are turnips also called swedes..and could you elaborate on the differences. Thanks

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 6 years ago
All swedes are turnips but not all turnips are swedes!

There are white turnips, and allied forms of yellow and purple colouring, which are quick-growing summer crops, sown in spring and summer, while the swede turnip, or rutabaga, is a different type, still related, but sown in mid-summer for winter use.

The summer turnips develop quickly but go over quickly and must be repeat-sown to maintain a supply. Swedes last all winter.