The ginger plant


Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Its Latin name is Zingiber officinale. The ginger plant itself is a perennial that grows from 30-90cms in height. Its lush green spears sprout from thick underground rhizomes, which are not roots but actually the under-ground portion of the individual spears. Ginger reproduces by sending out shoots from the original plant and these rhizomes then send up more shoots, to produce new ginger plants.

The ginger rhizome changes colour as it ages.

Young or New Season ginger has a white juicy flesh with a milder taste. Due to the softness of the rhizome the shelf life is shorter, so it is better to use it as soon as possible.

Mature or Old Season ginger has a golden brown flesh. The older the ginger, the longer it will last and the ‘hotter’ it will taste.