Zingiber officinalePharm. Rhizoma Zingiberis
from Sanskrit shringavera
History has it that the Chinese scholar Confucius spiced all of his
dishes with ginger, and that 3,000-year old Sanskrit writing from India
makes mention of ginger not only as a cooking ingredient but as a medicine.
In fact, the ginger root, which is actually a rhizome, is now corroborated
by Western herbalists as an effective therapeutic remedy for digestive
problems, inflammatory disorders like arthritis, and even colds and coughs.
Suspend a 50mm section of ginger root from the mouth of a jar which is filled with water to cover the lower third of the rhizome. When roots develop to about 25mm, pot or plant out with rhizome just below surface of soil. Alternatively, pot directly with the "eyes" facing up, covered with about 25mm of soil. Water thoroughly and place in a warm sunny area. (Gingers require at least 55 degrees F. and prefer over 60 F. - 70. Plenty of shade for young plant. Keep moist but not wet.
Ginger does best in soil that has a pH in the 5-7 range
Young fresh stem ginger (about 5 months old) may be used in stir fry as a vegetable, and the leaves work well in salads.
Variegated Amazon Ginger
Costus Amazonicus variegata
A native of Ecuador and Peru, this ginger is grown for its gorgeous foliage and quite remarkable flowersl. The leaves are arranged spirally around the stems in much the same fashion as other costus gingers.
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"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." --Hippocrates