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Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the ginger plant and rhizome simply means a mass of roots. Ginger can be grown in all of the tropics and anywhere else in containers or in greenhouses. I have some beautiful ginger plants growing in containers in my greenhouse. You will also find rhizomes referred to as creeping rootstock.
The Cultivation Of Ginger
The cultivation of ginger first took place in the southern parts of Asia but it is now also grown in the Caribbean nations and south Florida. It can also be grown in containers in other regions and taken indoors in the winter months or grown in greenhouses. I grow ginger in my greenhouse in large wooden boxes with plenty of drilled holes in the bottom and I raise some very large ginger roots this way.
How Ginger Grows
You will find that ginger produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that turn into yellow flowers. When the ginger stalk withers the roots are gathered and the root is treated by scalding the root and scraping it to prevent it from sprouting. If you want the root to sprout just put it in a cool dark place until the root sprouts and then separate it out into individual pieces and plant it with the sprout sticking up. Cover it with a couple of inches of soil and the new ginger plant will soon be up. If your not in a tropical climate you will want to plant the ginger in containers or in a greenhouse. The newly sprouted roots need to be planted in well drained rich soil. The soil must be loose so the new ginger root will grow fast and nice and large. Prepare your soil by adding very well rotted manure or compost to the soil. Keep your ginger free of weeds but be sure not to dig into the ground around the new ginger plants. Instead carefully pull up the weeds and take them out of the area.
How To Use Ginger.
Fresh ginger is a hot fragrant kitchen spice. Young ginger root is mild with a juicy fleshy texture. Ginger is quite often pickled in vinegar or sherry and it is also used chopped up fine in a lot of culinary dishes. Fresh ginger root sliced up very much resembles flesh and in this form it can be made into delicious ginger tea. You should know that you can add honey, orange juice or lemon juice to the tea to make some of the most delicious tea you'll ever drink. Keep in mind when you make ginger tea for it's health benefits to bring it almost to a boil and then let it steep so all the medicinal properties of the ginger will get into your tea. It's very important to let your tea set there and steep for at least 10 minutes before you drink it. If it gets to cold for you reheat it in the microwave before you drink it.
The roots of mature ginger plants are often dried out but are still very potent. It is the older ginger roots that are often peeled and dried and then ground into powdered ginger. Juice out of the older root is where you can get a lot of great medicinal value. You can peel older ginger and then chop it fine and add several large pieces to a quart jar and then fill the remainder of the jar with apple cider vinegar and let it set for at least a month tightly covered in a cold dark place. After at least a month has passed take a tablespoon of the liquid three times a day for a healthy tonic that will be very good for you. Its considered by many people to be one of the best things you can take that will help to keep you healthy.
Uses Of Ginger.
Ginger can also be made into candied ginger and enjoyed that way. Ginger can be added to foods as a excellent food preservative. Ginger is used in Asian and Indian cooking most often. Gingered beef is one of the most delicious dishes you will ever eat. In Jamaica they quite often make gingered goat. Powdered ginger is most often used in things like ginger cookies, gingerbread men and in gingered beef. It's also used in ginger ale, ginger cake, and ginger crackers. Candied ginger is cooked in sugar until it is soft. In Asia candied ginger is often served with hot spicy seafood or chicken and it is oh so delicious that way.
You can put fresh ginger roots in a plastic bag and freeze it for later use. In America ginger is most often used in sweet foods. It is also now being made into delicious ginger wine. Health conscious people are asking for and getting healthy products like ginger wine. Ginger wine is also produced in the United Kingdom where it is usually sold in green bottles. Dried ginger is also added in powder form to coffee and tea. In India ginger is finely chopped or ground into a paste to be used as a base for various chicken and meat dishes and it is usually mixed with garlic and shallots. You can make a paste yourself out of a cup of each and puree it in your food processor with the metal blade. Rub the chicken inside and out with this paste and bake it until it is done. Chicken made this way will be some of the best chicken you will ever eat. I like to butterfly chickens I cook this way and cook them on a charcoal grill. You will need a low hot fire and I usually have my charcoal fire on one side of the grill and cook my ginger paste chicken on the other side by indirect heat. The skin and meat of chicken cooked this way is so delicious.
Ginger has been used in Asia going back thousands of years and it is used in a lot of Asian and Indian dishes. Some of the best candied ginger I ever had was in Thailand. Asian Chefs can do wonders with ginger. They make a wonderful hot pepper soup with ginger in Thailand that is one of the best things you will ever eat and it is so healthy for you.
Hot And Sour Soup With Ginger
Here is one of the best soups from the orient that you'll ever eat in your life. If you buy all the ingredients needed and make it I think you'll agree that its quite possibly the best soup you have ever eaten in your life.
1. Four Cups Chicken Broth.
2. Two Cups Button Mushrooms Diced Small.
3. Six Tablespoons Rice Vinegar.
4. Two Tablespoons Corn Starch.
5. Two Tablespoons Sesame Oil.
6. Three Tablespoons Fresh Finely Minced Ginger.
7. One 10 1/2 Ounce Package Firm Tofu Cut Into Small One Half Inch Cubes.
8. One And One Half Tablespoons Soy Sauce.
9. One Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes.
10. One Level Teaspoon White Granulated Sugar.
Saute your mushrooms in a little sesame oil until the mushrooms are done but don't overcook them. Then saute your ginger in a little sesame oil.
Now you can add everything to a stock pot but your cornstarch and bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cook while stirring every once in a while for about a hour. Mix your cornstarch in warm water and mix it up in a blender. Puree it until the cornstarch is very well mixed into the water. You want it real smooth. Pour it into the soup while stirring to make sure it all gets very well mixed together. Once you have it all well mixed in you can reduce the heat to simmer and continue to cook for about 20 more minutes. Now your ready to serve your soup.
You can if you wish chop up some lemon grass or lemon basil and add it to your soup to add a lot of flavor to your already delicious soup.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
You Can Grow Your Own Ginger Plant
You can plant pieces of ginger root that you buy at the grocery store to start and grow your own ginger plant.
You'll want to start by soaking your ginger root overnight in warm water.
Then the next day after the ginger root has soaked overnight you'll want to plant your ginger root in good quality soil. Put about three inches of gravel or large rocks in the bottom of the container which needs to have drainage holes in the bottom of it.
Plant your ginger root just below the surface of the soil and water carefully being sure you don't uncover your ginger root by pouring your water over it.
With in a week or two your ginger plants should be up. You want to keep the soil moist but you don't want to keep it wet.
Keep in mind that ginger is not at all frost tolerant and you must bring it inside in the fall before it frosts. Put it in front of a south facing window that receives lots of sun.
In the spring after all the danger of frost has passed you can put your ginger plant back outside.
You Can Grow Your Own Ginger Plant
Natural Home Remedies, Ginger
You will find that the health benefits of ginger are many. Ginger has been used in various parts of the world for its health benefits for thousands of years.
If you find yourself nauseous or with a nervous stomach eat a small slice of ginger and you will find the nausea will be gone. Small slices of ginger or a cup of ginger tea has long been used in Asian countries to treat morning sickness. It is also now being given to people suffering from the effects of chemotherapy.
Chinese Medicine Practitioners have long used ginger and ginger tea to thin blood, lower cholesterol, and improve pain from arthritis. For arthritis they often make it into a tea and they add garlic and rosemary to the tea to relieve the pain from arthritis or gout. Slices of young ginger are often eaten to produce stable blood sugar readings.
Ginger was used in early America to treat colic and constipation. Young ginger that resembles flesh is eaten for constipation and it does work because I have tried it. Ginger tea will also work for constipation. Add honey to it to increase it's effectiveness.
Tea made from ginger is used to treat colds and to relieve the symptoms of the flu. People have long been told to drink either ginger ale or ginger beer when they have indigestion or a upset stomach.
In China ginger is added to a lot of medical preparations. They make a tea out of ginger cooked with brown sugar and water for the cold and flu. In Burma they boil ginger and coconut milk together as a cure for the flu and the cold. In China candied ginger is given to help a person stop coughing.
Ginger has been used all over the world along with rosemary and garlic to fight inflammation. You can mix these three together and put it into capsules to fight inflammation and to prevent pain from arthritis.
Ginger tea is said to prevent fatigue. You can also eat candied ginger for the same thing. Ginger root mixed with mango and eaten is said to prolong life and prevent illness. Here in the United States ginger is often given to prevent morning sickness and motion sickness. People going out on fishing boats for the first time are often given a few pieces of candied ginger to prevent motion or sea sickness.
There are so many things that ginger is said to be good for. For thousands of years ginger has been used in China to treat all kinds of illnesses. If you plan to use ginger to treat a illness you should do your own research and find out everything you can about how ginger has been used to treat that particular illness. I can tell you that ginger works and works well for nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness. I have been on many fishing boats where candied ginger was passed out to stop motion and it worked great. You can make delicious candied ginger by bringing it to a boil with brown sugar and then store the ginger slices covered in the refrigerator for a few weeks or freeze it for up to a year.
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