Sunday, 31 October 2010

Ginger (zingiber officinale)

Whenever I get a sore throat I drink gingerbeer - the sting of the ginger beer on the back of my throat soothes the pain - in fact most times it removes the pain altogether.

I am thrilled that I have finally been able to get some ginger to start sending out roots.

I have been trying for months - planting it just below the soil, planting it half into the soil, and, finally, thanks to James Wongs' Grow you own Drugs (isbn 978-1-60652-107-6), I have got it right.

James recommends choosing a budding rhizome (which looks like a little green or white horn) and suspending it over water using toothpicks until roots form.


It's not quick - it's taken about 6 - 7 weeks - but at least it's happening!


Once the roots are established he recommends planting it 10 - 20 cms (4 - 8) inches deep in potting compost.

It should be kept warm and moist in a lightly shaded area.  The ginger rhizomes can be harvested when they are a year old.  All one has to do is dig down into the soil and break off a piece of the rhizome - leaving the rest in the ground.  The ground is the best place to store ginger - if it's harvested all at once then the ginger will dry out before you've had a chance to use it all.  It can also be frozen (whole or grated) but I prefer it fresh - it has a far stronger taste.

Ginger is a very versatile spice - used in cooking - sweet and savoury dishes.

It is also brilliant an anti-nausea remedy - be it motion sickness, vertigo or morning sickness.  Just chew on a thin slice to relieve the feeling of nausea.

Ginger contains ginerols, which when dried or extracted become hotter and seem stronger to the taste.  It also has a soothing efect on the digestive tract - quelling disgestive disorder.  It is perfect to have as a tea on a winters afternoon - it warms the body beautifully.

It is also apparently good as an anti-inflammatory for joint pain.

A little ginger shoot appearing on the large piece which is sending roots down into the water
I love adding it to chicken dishes - whether they are stir fries, roasts or even soup.

6 comments:

  1. I adore your blog :o))) I didn't know Ginger was an anti-inflammatory...I'm going to put it to use. I have some kind of joint problem (arthritis/gout/fibromyalgia) combination in my whole body that has wreaked havoc on my life since 1999. Maybe Ginger will help...thank you!

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  2. Many thanks Ezra for your very kind words :-)

    I was beginning to think that nobody found what I have to share interesting...

    I have other remedies for arthritis from James Wongs' book which I can let you have - if you're interested?

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  3. Hello lovely,
    thanks for the tips on growing ginger. I might have a go at growing some. We buy a stack of organic ginger for my little miss who was diagnosed with juvenille arthritis. Love your blog.
    x

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  4. Hi Deb

    Welcome and thanks for visiting my blog.

    Apparently ginger is easy to grow once it starts sending out roots and leaves...

    I keep you posted :-)

    Dani

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  5. I like ginger.Thank you for your interesting post!

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  6. Hi Steffi

    Welcome, thanks for visiting and for your kind words. I love ginger too :-)

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