It’s easy to appreciate the fruits of our labor when they’re displayed so enticingly aboveground: chains of sun-warmed cherry tomatoes; clusters of tender snap beans in gold, green, or purple; and rosettes of deep green romaine ready for the salad bowl. Yet when the edible parts lurk belowground in the form of roots, tubers, rhizomes, and corms, appreciation only comes after a bit of digging. Most gardeners are familiar with traditional root crops, like carrots, beets, parsnips, and turnips, but these are just a small sampling of the diversity you’ll find underground. As gardeners seek to expand their palates and flex their gardening skills, it’s time to celebrate some of these less-familiar root crops.
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