We recently made fresh beets, which was a new experience for me, and I was surprised to discover that a freshly cooked fresh beet tastes quite like a similarly cooked turnip. Is there any connection between the two foods?
1There is probably an earthiness and sweetness in both vegetables that makes them similar when cooked.– MaxOct 14, 2014 at 20:39
Not quite an answer to the question but there is a pickle called lefet very common in the Middle East made of turnips pickled with a beetroot. The beetroot changes the colour of the turnips to a bright pink colour. It's served as a condiment and is very common in falafel sandwiches.– NRafOct 15, 2014 at 23:41
From a scientific standpoint they are not closely related. They aren't even in the same order. Beets are order Caryophyllales and Turnips are order Brassicales.