What are rhizomes? What kind of plants have edible rhizomes?

1 Answer
Sep 16, 2016

Rhizome is a modified underground plant stem. They develop from axillary buds and are capable of giving rise to new shoots.


Starches, proteins and other nutrients are usually stored in the rhizome. These nutrients become useful for the parent plant when they propogate vegetatively ( asexually ) .

A stem tuber is a thickened part of a rhizome that has enlarged to function as a storage organ.

Examples of plants with edible rhizomes include:
1) ginger
2) turmeric
3) galangal
4) lotus
5) potato