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Tubers vs. Rhizomes: What’s the Difference?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 2 min read

“Root vegetable” is a broad category that often refers to a variety of plants grown underground, like potatoes, parsnips, and turnips. While all root vegetables may seem related, there’s a lot going on beneath the soil that makes them different. Two common categories of root vegetables are often confused: tubers and rhizomes.