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What do you do...

when you find out you have been calling something by the wrong name for your whole life?

I first thought that it may be the case, a few years ago, when we were on holiday in Norfolk. It was Sunday and travelling back from an excellent WW2 RAF museum, we spotted a steam train museum with a restaurant offering Sunday Lunch. In we trotted, and the lunch was a carvery, lovely.

For veg, I asked for the turnip. The lovely lady behind the counter said 'what?' I pointed to the turnip and she said 'that's mashed swede' very loud and very slowly Confused

Oh, how we laughed about that. Who knew turnip was called swede in Norfolk?

On further research I have discovered that what I have always called turnip is in fact swede.

I love it whatever it's called.

We are having Turnip tonight with leftovers from yesterdays Sunday lunch... so there!

What do you call it?

Posted at 20th Mar 2017 - 06:01PM   Posted by KitKatCot   What do you do... Comments: 15

Inthemud's Avatar I come from Norfolk and I call a swede a swede and a turnip a turnip! But I always got confused between sugar beet and turnips.
When I was young we would carve the beet at halloween, as no one had heard of pumpkins then!

Posted by: Inthemud on 20th Mar 2017 at 06:09PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Swedes are the big roundish things you mash. Turnips a little round things you can cook whole, I think!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 20th Mar 2017 at 06:27PM

Fennie's Avatar I call the purple topped, orange fleshed vegetable, swede and very good swede is, mashed or mixed with mashed potato. Turnips have white flesh and are as Withy says. Sometimes people talk about Swede Turnip, to distinguish them from other sorts of turnip or neeps. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 20th Mar 2017 at 06:54PM

KitKatCot's Avatar This is the puzzle of it, I always thought that a swede was another name for sugar beet, and it was cattle feed!

I thought that you carved a turnip for halloweenNeutral


Posted by: KitKatCot on 20th Mar 2017 at 06:56PM

KitKatCot's Avatar Have to go now, Turnip/Swede is ready! Yum yum...

Posted by: KitKatCot on 20th Mar 2017 at 07:00PM

Faith's Avatar I can't say I am bothered by either of them. My second mother-in-law (Irish) used to call them (either or both I don't know) SUEDE turnips!

Posted by: Faith on 20th Mar 2017 at 09:06PM

Inthemud's Avatar Yes , we probably carved turnips for Halloween 👻

Posted by: Inthemud on 20th Mar 2017 at 09:53PM

Inthemud's Avatar School dinner swede was disgusting! All lumpy not mashed properly

Posted by: Inthemud on 20th Mar 2017 at 09:54PM

Camilla's Avatar Don't worry KKC, I have been calling the Swede a Turnip for years, i got round it eventually by saying okay dokey Camilla... Swede a big vegetable sort of roundish and goes orange when you cook and mash, and a Turnip are those small round thingy vegetables that are sort of white looking.Very Happy and as for the Parsnips I must not forget them as long as it is longish shape and biscuit colour, yep that's a Turnip.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Mar 2017 at 10:55PM

Camilla's Avatar I mean that's a Parsnip... see what I mean KKC, I always get them mixed up.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Mar 2017 at 10:56PM

Camilla's Avatar Horrid when they are not mashed right arent they Muddie, like mine mashed with butter and some cream or to push the boat out with some fromage frais.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Mar 2017 at 10:58PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar To me a turnip is larger darker and orange inside a swede is smaller paler and whiter inside.
A fact not helped by Wikipedia having it the other way round for Scotland "Neeps" are definitely dark orange when cooked not white.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 21st Mar 2017 at 10:12AM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Yes, Withy, I agree, Swedes are the big roundish things you mash. Turnips a little round things you can cook whole, unless you happen to be in Northern Scotland, then it's the other way round, as I know to my cost, having been laughed at for my 'Cockney' ways when visiting my Caithness granny as a child.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 21st Mar 2017 at 10:29AM

KitKatCot's Avatar I'm glad it's not just me then FNVery Happy

Posted by: KitKatCot on 21st Mar 2017 at 05:56PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Just don't start asking if it's a skon scooon or scoan or when you use bowls and basins. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 22nd Mar 2017 at 09:51AM

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