Ginger, Yellow (Zingiber officinale)
Originally native to tropical and subtropical climates from India to south-east Asia, Ginger is now popularly cultivated around the world. Ginger is one of the oldest of traded spices, the trade of Ginger being prominent in the establishment of trade routes from China into Ancient Greece and Rome.
Ginger is a herbaceous perennial plant, prized for its large rhizome which is what the spice Ginger is made from. The rhizome, when fully grown, is brown and fibrous, and what most people would recognize at their grocery store or local farmers market. The actual above ground portion of the plant is a reed like flowering plant that features yellow flowers that blossom from white and pink flowering buds. Ginger plants prefer fertile and moist soil, similar to its native tropical environment.
There are many culinary uses for Ginger. Ginger has a wide use of applications including use as a cooking spice for meats, fish, and deserts. Ginger can be made into wine, as well as candied for a spicy, delightful treat. Grow your own to experiment in the kitchen or to enjoy fresh harvests from your garden!