a ginger flower

Ginger can be a flower in your garden, a houseplant, or a spice in your kitchen. Ginger's scientific name is Zingiber Officinale (True Ginger).

Ginger needs a warm environment to grow. It's a tropical plant. It is not "frost hardy", but it can be brought indoors for the winter. Unfortunately, it generally needs two years before it flowers, so while bringing it in each winter and replanting in the spring will work for growing the herb, it won't work as well for growing flowers.

lots of ginger roots

Uses[edit | edit source]

Aesthetic[edit | edit source]

Ginger flowers can be dramatically beautiful. They can add to a garden or a table setting.

Note: Some flowering ginger is not the same as the edible Zingiber Officinale.

Flavoring[edit | edit source]

The root is used in many Asian dishes.

And the spice is used in recipes like gingerbread cookies, hot spiced cider and many other sweets and desserts.

Health effects[edit | edit source]

Ginger has several healthy effects on the digestive system. One is the alleviation of motion or sea sickness. Some people eat crystallized ginger to help settle their stomachs. It can also be used to reduce nausea in pregnancy. It's an anti-inflammatory and can help people with arthritis. Ginger may also help the body fight off illness (immune enhancing) and some kinds of cancer. It is a good source of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6.

Nicknames and other related bits and pieces[edit | edit source]

  • "Ginger" is sometimes used as a nickname for someone with red or reddish hair.
  • Geri Halliwell used Ginger Spice as her nickname in the Spice Girls music group.

ginger in different forms: root, sliced, strips, chopped, mashed, powdered and candied

Related[edit | edit source]

ginger bread house

References[edit | edit source]

See the article on ginger on the recipes wikia.

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