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Re: [aroid-l] tubers vs. bulbs vs. corms

>We all know onions so there's the great example of bulbs and we all know
>potatos so we know tubers.  I grow Canna so understand rhizomes but have
>never thought of an edible example of thizomes.  More importantly, though,
>is there an edible corm?


Though often mis-labeled, the ginger "root," (even Jeopardy got his wrong
with a final Jeopardy question about root crops a couple of years back, to
which the correct response for their answer was "What is ginger?") is
probably the most commonly consumed edible rhizome. I suspect that
Arrowroot is also a rhizome product (I'm blanking on the name I'm looking
for here, though I think it is most commonly used more as a thickening
agent than as a dish or a flavoring.


Jonathan Ertelt, Greenhouse Manager
Department of Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Box 35-1634, Sta. B
Nashville, TN  37235  USA
(615) 322-4054

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