And that vegetable is?…

March 27, 2011  •  Category:


Anybody care to shed some light?

It is about 7 inches (18 cms)  long and weighs about 10 ounces (300 g.).

ANSWER: It is a purple radish and is imported from Korea.


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  1. Pinjing says:

    It looks like a purple daikon (radish) to me . . . I think it’s a Korean variety. I’ve seen it at Asian grocers in my area, but I personally haven’t tried it yet.

    By the way, I’m a fan of your site and just started following recently 🙂

  2. Turkey's For Life says:

    It’s easy for us, being in Turkey. Any vegetable that looks like this, including radish – as in the comment above – is just called Turp. No idea what its variety is but it looks like it would be good in a salad.

  3. momgatewa says:

    I think Pinjing is right…looks like purple Korean radish!

  4. MaryMoh says:

    I only know it’s a root vegetable 😛 Looks like a radish to me.

  5. gaininja says:

    I reckon it’s some kind of swede. At least that’s what we call them here in England!

    Oh, Wikipedia says they’re also called a rutabaga, which is a much cooler name then swede. Don’t think they’re related to radishes though, which also sounds like a very good guess. Cut into it and let us know!

    BTW, I love your blog – consistently delicious recipes 🙂

  6. MyLittleExpatKitchen says:

    I have no idea but I’d love to find out. 300 g is a lot of vegetable!

  7. Marina says:

    7abibte it’s a type of turnip, called a rutabaga 🙂

  8. Jamie says:

    I know I am wrong, but isn’t this kind of like what a rutabaga looks like?

  9. Belinda @zomppa says:

    =) Looks like y’all have it – it’s cute and fat.

  10. Sharon says:

    It’s a type of daikon or radish, purple when it’s still very young. As they grow larger and longer, they turn white. Delicious made into korean style pickle, or Chinese soup with lots of ginger!

  11. lisaiscooking says:

    Looks like an oblong turnip. Now, I’m wondering what it tastes like!

  12. Tom @ Tall Clover says:

    I’d say it’s a turnip as they have a lower water content than a radish and this root looks a bit dehydrated. Radishes usually don’t store as well and rot before shriveling up. Yep my bet is on a turnip.

  13. Hagit says:

    Turnip for sure,here the young and small roots are white,the old ones get heavy and purple.
    You can tell by the wrinkels and the small green leaves,that this one specific stood for to long on the self.

  14. Avelina Accad says:

    Looks like a rutabaga to me. It’s a type of turnip.

  15. Krista says:

    I would guess a radish or a turnip? Maybe a rutabaga? 🙂

  16. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    I’ll go with turnip/rutabaga/swede

  17. mimi says:

    Looks like a rutabaga to me.

  18. FOODESSA says:

    My best guess would be a rutabaga gone rogue. LOL
    I do get the feeling that a few of your other readers may be more qualified to answer this one.

    Have a great day,

  19. A Canadian Foodie says:

    I would have to see it inside, and taste it, but I am 99.9% sure it is a rutabaga and we often call them (inaccurately so) turnips. They are a yellow golden colour inside and good raw – and cooked have a stronger flavour that people tend to love, or hate.

  20. domi says:

    Il ” navet ” qu’a mieux se caché comme ça on ne l’aurait pas reconnu

  21. Tim Vidra says:

    I have to say I could not quite get the size of this in the picture and my guess was also a turnip! Nice post.


  22. Magic of Spice says:

    That is one big radish 🙂

  23. Chris says:

    Looks like a turnip to me.

  24. Tom says:

    Are these available in Beirut?!?! I’d love to get my hands on some!

  25. Chicky says:

    Here in Hawaii, you can purchase these purple turnips (we use the Japanese term daikon) at one of the new Korean markets. The market says they are imported from Korea and grown on Jeju Island. I’ve made takuan (pickled turnip) from them and the color is just beautiful—-the pickling juice turns magenta and the turnip still retains some of its lavender color when you eat it. The one in the picture is slightly dehydrated. The ones at the Korean market are even larger than the one in the picture.

  26. Chicky says:

    Sorry, need to make a correction, the daikon is a radish, not a turnip.

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