Sprouting ginger, crouching rworange


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Sprouting ginger, crouching rworange

rworange | May 17, 2009 05:18 PM

Even more unlikley than me showing up on the Home Cooking board is me showing up on the Gardening board.

I took advantage of a sale on ginger root (2 lbs 99 cents). I haven't used it for a while and when I took it down from the top of the fridge, there were two green shoots growing from it.

I broke off the sprouts and peeled the ginger which was green like potatoes get green near the skin when sprouting. Looking on the web to see if like potatoes, this will kill you, I didn't see anything.

However, there is tons of info about growing your own ginger and how to make it sprout ... leaving on top of the fridge wasn't one of the ways to do it.

Has anyone grown their own ginger? The suggestion is that it can be grown in pots indoors or transported to a garden.

I can't imagine this. How would you get those big knobby roots. Can the other parts of the ginger plant be used in cooking?

One grow your own ginger link.

This was a good discussion on the subject which, as most mention, say ginger doesn't like direct sun .. actually the root was in indirect sunlight ... near a window but too high to catch the rays. I guess the leaves die back and that's how you know to go after the root. It also mentions you can peel and store the ginger in vodka and it will keep for months . Sounds cool and you would have ginger vodka at the end.

Another ginger growing site says to keep the peeled ginger in sherry and then use that to cook. It also is a good thing that my ginger sprouted. Seems like it hasn't been treated with anything to prevent that.

I did eat the ginger and lived ... so far. Seems like I could have eaten the sprouts also. It is all I can do not to fish those sprouts of of the trash.


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