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Particularly associated with the Shire, but presumably widespread
Brassica rapa
Grown as a root vegetable by the Shire-hobbits
From the Old English name næp, with the prefix turn- added to reflect its rounded, bevelled shape as if made on a lathe


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Root vegetables that seem to have formed part of the diet of the Hobbits of the Shire. They were well known to Sam Gamgee the gardener, and Farmer Maggot, for one, was known to grow turnips on his farm at Bamfurlong in the Marish region of the Shire.

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