Where does ginger grow?
Ginger evolved in tropical Asia but can no longer be found in its wild state. Today it is grown in most tropical countries including Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Jamaica is renowned for producing the world’s best quality root ginger. India is responsible for about half of the world’s entire ginger production. Other well known sources for producing ginger include Australia and China.
How does ginger grow?
It is propagated from rhizome pieces.
How is it used?
After 5-7 months, new rhizome forms (known as ‘green’) are dug up and preserved in sugar syrup or used for crystallised ginger.
After 8-10 months, older rhizomes (the underground stem of the plant) are dug up and may become dried ginger. This can be utilised in biscuits, puddings, cake, gingerbread, soups, pickles, curry powder, ginger beer, ginger ale or ginger wine.
Oleoresin (a natural mixture of oil and resin) and essential oil are also produced from the ginger plant.
Ginger is recognized as a remedy for appetite loss, indigestion and motion sickness. Ginger root has a proven ability to combat all forms of nausea and vomiting, and is often taken as a tea by pregnant women suffering from morning sickness.