GINGER

GINGER:

Also Known As: African Ginger, Cochin (Asian) Ginger, Jamaican Ginger

HISTORY:

Aromatic ginger has been used in cooking since the dawn of history. An old Native American proverb says, “Every good quality is contained in ginger.” That is true. Native Americans have used ginger in cooking and in the preserving food. 

PREPARATION:

To make ginger tea, take 2 teaspoons of grated root or ginger powder per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. For cooking, season food to taste. 

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Ginger grows outdoors in Florida, southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. The best place to purchase grow-able ginger root is at an Asian specialty market. Some nurseries may carry it also, it depends. Look for ginger-root that has a light green skin in color. If you purchase ginger root, grow indoors in deep pots. Mix soil with sand, compost and peat moss. Plant roots 3 inches deep and 12 inches apart. Use plenty of water and high humidity.