Kitchen gardening


Ginger is often referred to as nature’s most potent antibiotic. The humble ginger root has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat ailments ranging from high cholesterol to Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s how to grow this amazing spice:

Planting tips :

  • Source fresh ginger roots from your local supermarket. Look for roots with a pale protruding eye that is the same size as your baby fingertip.
  • Cut off each node from the main stem with a sharp knife. Plant the pieces in a compost-filled pot and keep the soil moist.
  • Keep the pot in a warm spot until the leaf buds emerge.
  • When the plants are growing strongly transplant them into your garden. Plant them 30cm apart in a sunny area in deeply dug, well composted soil. Water twice a week.
  • When the stems die back in winter the plant can be lifted. Wash the roots carefully and store in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag to keep them moist.

Uses :

  • Grate ginger root into soups and curries for a spicy, aromatic flavour.
  • Thinly slice ginger root and steep three or four slices in a cup of boiling water to make ginger tea. Ginger tea helps to ease colds and flu, nausea, morning sickness and menstrual pains. Ginger has also been shown to have cancer-fighting properties and to lower cholesterol.