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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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Turmeric

Rhizomes and Shoot

The cut rhizomes are a brilliant orange.
Family Zingiberaceae
Name Curcuma longa
Common Name Turmeric
Etymology
Curcuma From Arabic kurkum meaning saffron, referring to to the strong orange colour of its rhizomes that resemble saffron.
longa From Latin longa meaning long.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Food plants, Culture / Germination

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a kind of ginger grown for its orange coloured rhizomes. It is used as a spice and the orange can also be used as a food colouring. The leaves can also be used. They have the same but lack the colour and the pungent taste. A plant of tropical origins, it is only half hardy in New Zealand.


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