These roots are so hearty they were once the most popular staple crop, before being surpassed by potatoes. Their current neglect, however, doesn't make them any less tasty, versatile, or dependable. Give these forgotten roots the attention they deserve! While they are both brassicas and can look quite similar, they each have their own distinct flavors. Turnips have a radish-like spiciness, while rutabagas' orange flesh turns creamy and sweet. Young spring turnips make great raw snacks, while large fall varieties are a dependable storage crop. Like most roots, turnips and rutabagas thrive in steady moisture and loose soil.