|1. Common Ginger sprouts|
I am growing common ginger (Zingiber officinale) from store bought rhizomes. I use old ginger, meaning matured ginger that has been stored for some time, hence store bought rhizomes will be just fine. Freshly dug out rhizomes do not sprout as readily.
|2. Old ginger|
Select rhizomes which are fat and plump and with "eyes" or nodes from where the shoots will sprout. It takes a a few weeks to almost a month for the shoots to develop. The ginger seller at the wet market advised me to use some old newspapers to wrap the rhizomes and keep them in a moist, warm, humid and shady place for a few weeks before planting in soil. You can cut up bigger rhizomes into 5cm sizes but each piece should have at least 2 "eyes".
I use common ginger in my everyday cooking in almost every dish; e.g. for a simple dish of stir fried vegetables like cabbage, choy sum, bok choy, romaine lettuce, sprouts, I just need some crushed (or finely chopped) old ginger, garlic and onion flavoured oil (palm oil). Old ginger is also used in home remedies. Both young and old gingers are used in confinement food to aid in the healthy recovery of mothers after delivery and child-birth. Pickled ginger (dyed red) and red eggs are given to relatives and guests during a baby's full moon celebration. This is a Chinese tradition.
|3. Young ginger|
From the picture, you can see the real ginger roots growing out of the underground stem or rhizome. The ginger part that we eat or use in cooking is the rhizome, not the "ginger roots".
It is difficult to grow ginger plants from young ginger.
“How to grow common ginger from store bought rhizomes”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on August 30th, 2012.
The medium should not be soggy or too dry.
Ginger is a small plant that will grow to about 1-1.5m tall. It will fit into a plastic flower pot.
Each pseudostem has about 8-12 leaves.
Ginger flowers rise directly from the ground. In Malaysia, our ginger plants seldom flower.
Have you seen common ginger flowers?
How do you use ginger?
This is for Ash and Flower Lady - The recipe for making Pickled Ginger is from kuali.com, link here. Note that the red food colouring is optional. The red colour is used during baby full moon celebration in the making of red eggs and pickled ginger. Tonight, I am unable to reply to you as I can't comment on my own blog post due to some kind of technical glitch from Google.
Lastly, I'd like to wish all Malaysians,