This Morning viewers left confused after debate on difference between turnips and swedes

A debate like no other took over This Morning today after Ruth and Eamonn got into an argument about turnips versus swedes. 

The debate occurred as the couple introduced a pumpkin carving segment into the daytime show. 

Eamonn was joking that hollowing out ‘turnips’ was harder than hollowing out pumpkins when Ruth interjected the vegetable was actually called a ‘swede.’

Her husband contradicted her before moving the conversation along to get the show going.  

However, the couple were unable to settle their argument and carried on bickering about the issue throughout the programme, bringing Phil Vickery on the phone to weight in on the issue and asking viewers for their opinions. 

It was all and the same for viewers, however, who were frustrated that the couple could not get the difference right.  

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford got into a fierce debate on the difference between turnips and swedes on This Morning 

Emaonn got the hashtag 'Ruth is Wrong; trending on Twitter after the debate occurred at the start of the show

Emaonn got the hashtag ‘Ruth is Wrong; trending on Twitter after the debate occurred at the start of the show 

Eamonn and Ruth were introducing Georgina Burnett, who talked about how hard it was to hollow out several pumpkins in a row.   

‘That’s not hard, hollowing out 12 pumpkins, you should have been Irish and hollowing out turnips,’ Eamonn joked. 

‘Or swedes, as we call them,’ Ruth corrected, sparking the debate. 

‘We’ve had this thing before, turnips are the smaller white ones and swedes are the bigger, yellowy ones,’ she added. 

A swede is bigger than a turnip and a turnip's flesh is whiter. They tend to be more oval than ball-shaped

A swede is bigger than a turnip and a turnip’s flesh is whiter. They tend to be more oval than ball-shaped 

Turnips are not only smaller than swedes, they are also whiter and rounder. But both turnips and swedes are from the same family of vegetables

Turnips are not only smaller than swedes, they are also whiter and rounder. But both turnips and swedes are from the same family of vegetables 

‘They’re not swedes,’ Eamonn protested, turning to Ruth. 

The debate carried on throughout the show, with Eamonn reading tweets sent out by fans of the show to Ruth after a commercial break. 

The present also got the viral hashtag ‘Ruthiswrong’ trending on Twitter. 

‘People just want to educate you,’ he read out, while Ruth put on a face of shock and hilarity. 

Later on, after another commercial break, Ruth and Eamonn were back at it. 

The couple compared pictures of swedes and turnips. However, the plot thickened when Ruth looked at a picture of a turnip and called it a swede.  

Even Sharon finally had enough of the debate and said ‘just eat chips.’ 

Viewers got in on the debate with some siding with Eamonn and other siding with Ruth over which vegetable was which

Viewers got in on the debate with some siding with Eamonn and other siding with Ruth over which vegetable was which

Dawn French weighted in on the debate and settled it by siding with Ruth, saying swedes were bigger

Dawn French weighted in on the debate and settled it by siding with Ruth, saying swedes were bigger

The definite answer 

Swedes ad turnips belong to the same family of vegetable, however, there are some notable difference between the two. 

Swede is called ‘neep’ in Scotland and ‘Rutabaga’ in American English. 

Size-wise, Swedes are bigger than turnips. and turnips’ flesh tend to be whiter than swedes’.

Turnips also tend to be rounder than swede, which grow into an oval rather than being ball-shaped.  

But it was not the end of the Great Turnip vs Swede debate of 2020, because the show got celebrity chef Phil Vickery to call in order to settle the issue. 

Vickery sided with Ruth. But still dissatisfied, Eamonn got Michelin-star chef Tom Kitchen to weight in. 

Unfortunately for Eamonn, Tom also sided with Ruth, explaining that a swede was bigger than a turnip. 

A defeated Eamonn slighted the chef and joked he ‘wish you out of business.’  

Dawn French, who was also invited on the show, agreed as well. 

‘We have the same issue in my house […] and in my house the bigger item is called a swede and the smaller item is called a turnip.’

The debate drove viewers crazy throughout the show because the couple were both mistakenly calling a swede a turnip and vice versa. 

‘Swedes and turnips are completely different vegetables Ruth, really,’ one said. 

‘#Ruthiswrong,’ one simply tweeted.

‘Ya wrong, Holmes! Swedes are bigger than turnips,’ another said. 

‘I don’t care, it’s veg,’ said another.  

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