Ginger is an indispensable part of the kitchen. It ensures the right sharpness when seasoning the food and is also known as a remedy, for example for colds, diarrhea, or nausea. PraxisVITA explains how you can easily grow ginger yourself.
Ginger is a stimulant. It heats the body from the inside, which is particularly good when you have a cold, for example.
Growing ginger is very easy
There is a lot of power in the root. So how about growing your ginger? It doesn’t take much for this:
- A root of ginger
- A flower pot (about 30 centimeters in diameter)
- Some potting soil
Maybe some cling film
The best time to grow ginger is spring. The plant does not tolerate frost. Therefore, it should not be planted directly in the garden. Fill a bowl with water and let the ginger soak in it overnight. The tuber consists of several “little arms”. Cut these off with a knife. Now fill the flower pot about two-thirds full with soil and press the cut surface of the “ginger arms” (see picture) firmly into the soil. Then cover the visible parts of the tuber with soil so that they completely disappear underneath. However, be careful not to bury the ginger too deeply. The soil should only slightly cover the tops.
Now moisten the soil with water, a spray bottle is best suited for this. Gardeners recommend stretching cling film over the pot to create a warm, humid climate that will encourage the ginger to sprout more quickly. Remember to water the plant about two to three times a week.
Place the flower pot on the window sill or outside in a wind-protected corner on the balcony or in the garden when the temperature is frost-free. Ginger is traditionally grown in tropical countries. Despite the comparatively cool temperatures in Europe, it can also grow here.
It can take several weeks before the first tips of the ginger become visible. You need patience if you want to grow ginger. The leaves show up first. It takes about eight months to harvest. You can tell when the time is right when the leaves turn from green to brown and dry out. Then they use a small garden shovel or another tool to get the tuber out of the ground, clean the root and use it in the kitchen.
Ginger is not only suitable for preparing teas or flavoring dishes, but also for baking. Just try it out. For example this recipe for delicious ginger biscuits
Recipe ginger biscuits
Ingredients (enough for one tray)
- 350 grams of flour
- ½ packet of baking powder
- 200 grams of butter
- 140 grams of brown sugar
- 2 tsp ginger powder
Heat the butter and add the sugar and ginger powder. Mix the flour and baking powder and add to the other ingredients. Work the mass into a firm dough. Then form small balls from the mass and flatten them a bit. The cookies are baked for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees top/bottom heat.