JAMAICAN GINGER ROOTS - Zingiber officinale
Grow Your own ,Grow Indoors or Outdoors
Jamaican ginger is considered by many to be the best in the world and is used extensively here both as a culinary spice and as a home remedy for a long list of maladies. Many historical references exist regarding the use of ginger in many old societies. Now modern science has isolated the powerful compounds found in ginger, and documented their use in a wide range of health disorders.
Ginger the underground stem, or even rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale — has been utilized like a medication within Asian, Indian, as well as Arabic herbal traditions for thousands of years. In China, as an example, ginger has been utilized to assist digestion of food and also deal with stomach upset, looseness of the bowels, as well as nausea for longer than 2,000 years. Ginger has additionally been utilized to assist deal with arthritis, colic, diarrhea, as well as heart conditions.And also being utilized like a medicine, ginger is utilized around the world just as one essential cooking spice. Additionally, it has been utilized to assist in treating the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, or painful menstrual periods.
How to Grow Ginger (and Tips for Use)
Whether in a pot or outside in tropical or subtropical climates, ginger thrives with consistent moisture, light shade or bright interior lighting. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an Asian plant used for culinary and medicinal purposes. You can find ginger used in Traditional Chinese medicine and in Ayurveda as well as in cuisine from Thailand, Indonesia, China and beyond.
best grown in pots of at least 16 inches deep and 12 inches wide.
Fill your pot with potting mix, leaving about 4-6 inches from the edge of the pot. Plant 2 inches deep with small nodules, or buds, pointed upwards. When the tubers meet the edge of the pot, green shoots will begin to sprout. The plant will grow to be about 1-2ft in a pot or 2-3 feet in open soil. It will most likely not flower, unless you live in a tropical area.
Ginger likes a rich lightly moist warm soil of about 75 degrees and shade. You may begin to harvest when the plant is about four months old, cutting tubers from the outer edges of the plant. The tubers and roots are often used in Asian cooking or dried and powdered; this is what you may look to purchase when making gingersnaps or ginger bread!
The leaves and stalk can also eaten. Chop finely to more easily disperse the strong flavor, and then add to dishes such as couscous or tabouleh, or as a garnish. These chopped leaves can also be added to soups or stews to add a more delicate ginger flavor. Chicken soup is an example of a dish that benefits from this more mild flavor.
Another use for ginger leaves is to dry them for tea. For me and my family, ginger tea works better than anything else when one of us has an upset stomach or nausea. Ginger tea is an ideal drink for the diabetic with nausea and stomach upset, rather than the common ginger ale and crackers so often served. By adding a bit of lemon and honey, the drink is then one that will benefit someone with a cold and sore throat