Ginger is an amazing root portraying a wide range of health benefits. It has an Indian origin, and has been used for thousands of years. In fact, it is a widely used spice throughout history; even Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) enjoyed the taste of gingerbread which we all consume it as a festive food during Christmas.
This spice was enjoyed by all social classes and still is. Aside its remarkable health properties it offer an incredible flavor, therefore it is frequently included in all sorts of meals, from baked goods to Asian dishes and desserts.
You can always have ginger in your home if you grow it in a small container, and that is really easy. You can easily prepare all the dishes that include ginger or simply use it as a ginger tea and thus enjoy all its fantastic benefits.
This plant can be easily grown at the comfort of your own home and it does not require plenty of space, a small container will do the job.
Here it is how to grow ginger at home:
Step 1: Container Selection and Sprouting
The roots of ginger grow horizontally; therefore you will need to use a flat, wide container which needs to be filled with well-drained soil. You can purchase ginger roots in any reputable nurseries and in high-quality online gardening sources.
They are even available in the local grocery stores, but these ones may have a coating of a growth inhibitor, which prevents them from sprouting. Plus, they may have been also treated with fungicides and/or pesticides.
Make certain to soak the purchased roots for 24 hours prior planting them. After that period of time, slice the ginger knob into thin pieces and the knobs with indentations in the surface of the root need to be put into the soil, with the “eyes” facing up into it. Once placed in the soil, cover them with an inch and a half of soil.
Step 2: Care
It needs to be well watered, especially in the early stages of its planting. The soil should be kept moist all the time and for that purpose you can spray it with water. The roots will start to sprout after several weeks.
This plant does not like direct sunlight, and as well as frost. If the weather is warm, keep it outside, but once it gets colder bring it inside as frost will destroy it.
After 8 months your ginger plant will be mature, and then you should separate the rhizomes by pulling off a part of it along with a piece of the rhizome. If you want, you can use that same rhizome to transplant it into a new container of soil.
Step 3: Harvest
Although this plant is mature after the 8-month period, it can be harvested after 3 to 4 months. The edible part is the rhizome, and while you are cleaning the rhizome you can as well as clean off the roots. Uncover a piece of it, trim off the extensions, and enjoy its consumption. In this way you can harvest it whenever you want.
However, prior consumption make sure to wash it nicely, peel the skin off, then slice it or grate it. In this form include it into your dishes.
You can as well as dry the thin slices by placing them on a baking sheet in an oven or leave them outside in a dry, sunny area for several hours or days. Once they are well dried, transfer them into plastic bags. You can have them in a form of powder by putting them into a coffee grinder and thus sprinkle them on whatever meal you want.