Beetroot vs. Radish

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Main Difference

The main difference between Beetroot and Radish is that the Beetroot is a taproot portion of the beet plant (no colour indication) and Radish is a species of plant.

  • Beetroot

    The beetroot is the taproot portion of a beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, and also known as the table beet, garden beet, sugar beet, red beet, or golden beet. It is one of several cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and leaves (called beet greens); they have been classified as B. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris ‘Conditiva’ Group.Besides being used as a food, beets have uses as a food colouring and as a medicinal plant. Many beet products are made from other Beta vulgaris varieties, particularly sugar beet.

  • Radish

    The radish (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus) is an edible root vegetable of the Brassicaceae family that was domesticated in Europe in pre-Roman times. Radishes are grown and consumed throughout the world, being mostly eaten raw as a crunchy salad vegetable. They have numerous varieties, varying in size, flavor, color, and length of time they take to mature. Radishes owe their sharp flavor to the various chemical compounds produced by the plants, including glucosinolate, myrosinase, and isothiocyanate. They are sometimes grown as companion plants and suffer from few pests and diseases. They germinate quickly and grow rapidly, smaller varieties being ready for consumption within a month, while larger daikon varieties take several months. Another use of radish is as cover or catch crop in winter or as a forage crop. Some radishes are grown for their seeds; daikon, for instance, may be grown for oil production. Others are used for sprouting.

  • Beetroot (noun)

    A normally deep-red-coloured root vegetable usually cooked or pickled before eating; lang=en.

  • Beetroot (noun)

    The edible part of the root of a beet plant, raw or prepared.

  • Beetroot (verb)

    To turn a bright red or purple colour.

  • Radish (noun)

    A Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus, having an edible root.

  • Radish (noun)

    The root of this plant used as varieties are cooked.

  • Radish (noun)

    With a distinguishing word: some other plant of the Raphanus genus or Brassicaceae family.

    “l|en|rat-tail radish (taxlink|Raphanus caudatus|species|noshow=1|ver=170717); l|en|wild radish (l|mul|Raphanus raphanistrum)”

  • Beetroot (noun)

    the edible dark red spherical root of a kind of beet, eaten as a vegetable.

  • Beetroot (noun)

    the variety of beet which produces beetroots.

  • Radish (noun)

    a swollen pungent-tasting edible root, especially a variety which is small, spherical, and red, and eaten raw with salad.

  • Radish (noun)

    the plant of the cabbage family which yields the radish.

Oxford Dictionary

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