Florida Gardening forum: turmeric? Bulbs on roots?

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Jan 27, 2018 7:34 PM CST
I'm in Naples Flordia, and last year bought some turmeric from the asian grocery and planted it. Now that the tops have died back I dug it this year.

The hands at the base of the plant look right, but what are all the tubers on the long dangling roots!? No pictures I see online of turmeric roots shows such things. Did I somehow get the wrong plant?
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Name: Tofi
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Jan 28, 2018 12:16 AM CST
That is normal for Curcuma longa (turmeric),
In my place, we dont use those root-bulb, just discard them, only use the rhizome or the leaves for herbs purposes
Name: Alice
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Jan 28, 2018 6:08 AM CST
I agree, those little root tubers are simply storage containers for the plant. They maintain a a supply of nutrients for the plant but generally do not develop into a new plant themselves.
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