Thursday, 1 January 2015

Growing my own ginger

I came across this article and video on Facebook via a friend and thought I would give it a go. My ginger has been soaking in water for a few days and I am going to plant it today. As part of my research though I wanted to know what else I could do with ginger and came across all these uses as well as this really interesting page which went into more detail about growing ginger.

Anyway here are the uses of a ginger plant:

What part of plantUseReference page
Ginger RootTea - just cut up a hunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel) and pour a lot of boiling water over it.

Cooking - soup (fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy winter soups); with fish; in sir fries or in baking
Fresh Ginger Root uses
Ginger LeavesGinger leaves are edible but are tough to eat or digest whole but here are some uses for them. Just make sure you chop them finely before you use them.
Eat them raw - too strong to eat on their own add them to flavour couscous or in salads.

Dry them - add as a garnish on savoury meals.

Cooking - use in cooking where the root is too much - use 2 tbsp. of freshly chopped ginger leaves in stews or soups or in stir fries.

Make tea - 1 to 2g or fresh or dried leaves per cup.
Ginger Leaves
Ginger FlowersGinger flowers are edible too. Again though, like the leaves, the plant is very hard but cut away the hard petals and eat the bud finely chopped or blended. Ginger Flowers
Candied Ginger RootAny leftover root can be candied and saved for laterCandied Ginger

And here are more ideas about growing ginger as part of a permaculture garden. I am going to be growing my ginger in pots to start with so I can do research about whether it would survive outside in the UK.

1 comment:

  1. I grew ginger in a pot in the conservatory about 3 years ago. It was very successful and I will do it again. I might try grating it and freezing next time - I didn't manage to dry it well enough to keep.