- Root vegetables are the roots of plants that are eaten as vegetables. These roots grow into the ground from the base of the plant stem. They anchor the plant, absorb water and nutrients, and store energy. Root vegetables are divided into six subgroups: Tap Roots; Tuberous Roots; Corms; Rhizomes; Tubers; and Bulbs
- For example, turnips and rutabagas are tap roots, while jicamas are tuberous roots.
- Only the jicama tuber root is edible, the rest of the plant is not.
- Besides complex carbohydrates, root vegetables also provide beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Turnips are produced mainly as a small (approximately 400 acres) commercial crop in Kern County and Imperial County in California.
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