The true turnip, this smaller white and purple root vegetable is easily found in grocery stores.
Rutabaga or Swede - not actually Turnip
This is a much larger, more yellow or orange fleshed vegetable, also commonly called turnip.
|Turnip on the left, Rutabaga on the right|
Are they really that different?
They do taste a bit different and white turnip is lower on the glycemic index than rutabaga.
What do I do with it?
Turnips have been eaten in the West for centuries. Traditionally, both turnips and rutabagas are boiled and mashed, providing a cheap nutritious dish. Turnip roasts beautifully and can also be sliced thin and baked into chips. Try substituting turnip for potato to reduce the carb count in recipes.