Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:03 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2012 1:06 AM
I love ginger... Fresh ginger in my homemade chai tea, my morning shakes, and mixed in with Tamari sauce for stir fry. Did you know that ginger helps with cold and flu prevention, relief from migraines, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, heartburn, and motion sickness? The list goes on and on. It is the go to preventative and cure-all in our home.
He's another really cool thing about ginger: You only really need to buy it once. Ginger is a root (a somewhat expensive one at that) and so the part we use grows under the soil. Here's what you do. Buy a nice, fresh chunk of ginger and break off a good size piece. If you use as much ginger as I do, you want to do a few of these. Plant each chunk about 5-10cm deep in a pot of good soil. Soon the plant will begin to grow. When your ginger plant is about 4 months old, you can begin to steal pieces of the root by digging it up, cutting off a piece and then replanting. After around 10 months the plant leaves will begin to die down and then it's time to completely harvest that ginger root. Go ahead and break off a chunk of that new harvested root and replant it to start the process over. Never buy it again.
You'll want to keep your plant out of direct sunlight and keep it well watered but also well drained so that the root doesn't rot. Here in our dry climate, it wouldn't hurt to spray it with a little water as it likes the tropical humid conditions. Even though it is a tropical plant, you can grow it indoors all year around.
A good idea is to have 2 or 3 plants going within a month of each other and that way you will harvest at different times and will never be without a piece when you need it.