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Guide to Rhizomes: How to Grow Ginger, Turmeric, and Hops

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 3 min read

While the word "rhizome" comes from the ancient Greek word rhízōma, meaning "mass of roots," rhizomes actually aren't roots at all. Similar to bulbs, corms, and tubers, rhizomes are a type of underground stem. Plants use rhizomes for food storage and reproduction.