While traipsing through the Easton Farmer's Market this weekend (that's right, I said "traipse"), on the hunt for new and interesting types of garlic to plant, I happened upon this freshly harvested ginger root. It looks and smells pure and magnificent - the ginger equivalent of the new baby smell, but minus the diaper aroma. And it looks so alive, unlike the gnarled old rhizomes gracing the grocery store shelves. Something about it seems very plantable. I quickly grabbed a handful, planning on planting half my purchase.
Ginger is regularly used in my household in cooking, as well as in home remedies. It's normally associated with stomach upset and nausea relief, but is also used in treatment for the common cold due to it's reputed anti-inflammatory and cough-inhibiting characteristics. Ginger is the main ingredient in my favorite cold remedy drink, author Elizabeth Gilbert's "Big Magic Chai". Or, it's the main ingredient when I make it. That recipe in itself is enough motivation for me to want to have harvestable fresh ginger whenever I want it!
Other natural remedies made with ginger, according to "Herb Companion" magazine:
As a tropical plant native to Southern Asia, ginger has a few basic needs:
A normal growing season for ginger would be ten months, but who has that kind of patience? I'm going to give it a few months and check to see if any of my guys are growing, and then harvest from the new outer growth while keeping the main growing rhizome planted. The ginger plant leaves can also be used as an aromatic in cooking broths and stuffings, the same way lemongrass would be treated.
Will this work? I have no idea. But for a couple bucks, and the possibility of oodles of fresh ginger, it's worth finding out. I'll report back on my highly scientific research project this winter. Thanks for reading!
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