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The Zesty Ginger Guide: All You Need to Know About Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Eating Delicious Ginger

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Welcome to the fragrant, wonderful world of growing your own ginger! Ginger is a spice because we use and enjoy its roots. And it’s an herb, too, because the foliage can also be used in cooking or as a garnish. When you cook…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Ah, the fresh taste of gingerbread cookies, and the enticing aroma as they come out of the oven. The soothing sensation of steaming ginger tea. That extra zing in a stir-fry dinner. That palate-cleansing bite between sushi dishes. All credit for such full flavor goes to ginger—official name, Zingiber…  READ MORE right arrow
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Commercially-grown ginger plants.
Ginger is a perennial, deciduous flowering plant that reproduces by producing rhizomes—underground stems—that can, in turn, produce roots and shoots and their own rhizomes. There are two broad categories of ginger: culinary, for cooking and eating; and ornamental, for the pure enjoyment of seeing the plants and enjoying…  READ MORE right arrow
Edible rhizome of culinary ginger.
For descriptive growing purposes, ginger is loosely grouped into three classifications—culinary, ornamental, and wild. Culinary ginger plants produce rhizomes that are good for eating, preserving, cooking, and using in traditional home remedies. The main ginger in that category is common ginger, or Zingiber officinale. Another member…  READ MORE right arrow
“Seed Ginger” prepared for container planting.
Getting your ginger garden started every season begins with the choice of how to grow your plants—from rhizomes or seedlings? You could buy ginger seedlings from a local nursery (if they have any) or from a specialty shop online. But really, all you need is…  READ MORE right arrow

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