And that vegetable is?…
March 27, 2011 • Category: Main Dish
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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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 🙂
On March 28, 2011 at 1:49 am
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.
On March 28, 2011 at 2:48 am
I think Pinjing is right…looks like purple Korean radish!
On March 28, 2011 at 2:57 am
I only know it’s a root vegetable 😛 Looks like a radish to me.
On March 28, 2011 at 3:27 am
Spoon and Chopsticks says:
A purple turnip?
On March 28, 2011 at 5:05 am
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 🙂
On March 28, 2011 at 5:21 am
It looks like purple radish.I have it on my blog here – http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2010/02/pjs-mystery-files-1.html
On March 28, 2011 at 5:44 am
I have no idea but I’d love to find out. 300 g is a lot of vegetable!
On March 28, 2011 at 6:09 am
7abibte it’s a type of turnip, called a rutabaga 🙂
On March 28, 2011 at 7:30 am
I know I am wrong, but isn’t this kind of like what a rutabaga looks like?
On March 28, 2011 at 7:36 am
Belinda @zomppa says:
=) Looks like y’all have it – it’s cute and fat.
On March 28, 2011 at 8:14 am
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!
On March 28, 2011 at 8:45 am
Looks like an oblong turnip. Now, I’m wondering what it tastes like!
On March 28, 2011 at 10:05 am
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.
On March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am
A turnip on steroids?
On March 28, 2011 at 11:03 am
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.
On March 28, 2011 at 11:51 am
Avelina Accad says:
Looks like a rutabaga to me. It’s a type of turnip.
On March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm
I would guess a radish or a turnip? Maybe a rutabaga? 🙂
On March 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm
I’ll go with turnip/rutabaga/swede
On March 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm
It says PURPLE RADISH on the box as well as KOREA
On March 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Looks like a rutabaga to me.
On March 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm
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,
On March 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm
pink turnip ?!
On March 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm
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.
On March 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Il ” navet ” qu’a mieux se caché comme ça on ne l’aurait pas reconnu
On March 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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.
On March 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm
Magic of Spice says:
That is one big radish 🙂
On March 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Looks like a turnip to me.
On April 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Are these available in Beirut?!?! I’d love to get my hands on some!
On June 8, 2011 at 6:41 am
@Tom: I would ask a wholesaler who imports Asian produce to supply Japanese, Chinese and Thai restaurants.
On June 8, 2011 at 7:22 am
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.
On July 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Sorry, need to make a correction, the daikon is a radish, not a turnip.
On July 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm