Turnip vs. Radish - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Turnip and Radish is that the Turnip is a root vegetable and Radish is a species of plant.

Wikipedia

  • Turnip

    The turnip or white turnip (Brassica rapa subsp. rapa) is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. The word turnip is a compound of tur- as in turned/rounded on a lathe and neep, derived from Latin napus, the word for the plant. Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock. In the north of England, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and eastern Canada (Newfoundland), turnip (or neep) often refers to rutabaga, a larger, yellow root vegetable in the same genus (Brassica) also known as swede (from "Swedish turnip").

  • Radish

    The radish (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus) is an edible root vegetable of the Brassicaceae family that was domesticated in Europe in pre-Roman times. Radishes are grown and consumed throughout the world, being mostly eaten raw as a crunchy salad vegetable. They have numerous varieties, varying in size, flavor, color, and length of time they take to mature. Radishes owe their sharp flavor to the various chemical compounds produced by the plants, including glucosinolate, myrosinase, and isothiocyanate. They are sometimes grown as companion plants and suffer from few pests and diseases. They germinate quickly and grow rapidly, smaller varieties being ready for consumption within a month, while larger daikon varieties take several months. Another use of radish is as cover or catch crop in winter or as a forage crop. Some radishes are grown for their seeds; daikon, for instance, may be grown for oil production. Others are used for sprouting.

Wiktionary

  • Turnip (noun)

    The white root of a yellow-flowered plant, Brassica rapa, grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle.

  • Turnip (noun)

    The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus.

  • Turnip (noun)

    A large, heavy pocket watch, so called because its profile resembled the vegetable.

  • Turnip (verb)

    To plant with turnips.

  • Turnip (verb)

    To feed or graze (livestock) on turnips.

  • Radish (noun)

    A Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus, having an edible root.

  • Radish (noun)

    The root of this plant used as varieties are cooked.

  • Radish (noun)

    With a distinguishing word: some other plant of the Raphanus genus or Brassicaceae family.

    "l|en|rat-tail radish (taxlink|Raphanus caudatus|species|noshow=1|ver=170717); l|en|wild radish (l|mul|Raphanus raphanistrum)"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Turnip (noun)

    a round root with white or cream flesh which is eaten as a vegetable and also has edible leaves.

  • Turnip (noun)

    a root that is similar or related to the turnip, especially a swede.

  • Turnip (noun)

    the European plant of the cabbage family which produces the turnip.

  • Turnip (noun)

    a large, thick, old-fashioned watch.

  • Radish (noun)

    a swollen pungent-tasting edible root, especially a variety which is small, spherical, and red, and eaten raw with salad.

  • Radish (noun)

    the plant of the cabbage family which yields the radish.

Webster Dictionary

  • Turnip (noun)

    The edible, fleshy, roundish, or somewhat conical, root of a cruciferous plant (Brassica campestris, var. Napus); also, the plant itself.

  • Radish (noun)

    The pungent fleshy root of a well-known cruciferous plant (Raphanus sativus); also, the whole plant.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Turnip (noun)

    widely cultivated plant having a large fleshy edible white or yellow root

  • Turnip (noun)

    root of any of several members of the mustard family

  • Radish (noun)

    pungent fleshy edible root

  • Radish (noun)

    pungent edible root of any of various cultivated radish plants

  • Radish (noun)

    Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its edible pungent root usually eaten raw

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