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Common Name: GINGER
Scientific Name: Zingiber officinalis

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Zingiber officinalis


  • Perennial
  • Deciduous plant with thick, branching rhizomes, stout upright stems, and pointed lanceolate leaves, arranged in two ranks on either side of the stem.
  • Yellow-green flowers, with a deep purple, yellow-marked lip, are produced in dence spikes.
  • Needs well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun or partial shade, with high humidity.
  • Ginger is treated as an annual crop - plants need a ten month growing season for optimum rhizome production.

Culinary Uses

  • Popular spice
  • Marinade pork steaks/chops
  • Seafood, fish, poultry, vegetables, noodles, cakes, chutney, jams, drinks

Parts Used

  • Rhizomes

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Treat indigestion, colic, flatulence, nausea, gastro-intestinal infection
  • Control post-operative nausea and travel sickness
  • Circulatory remedy - chilblains and poor circulation to hands and feet
  • High blood pressure and arteriosclerosis
  • Antiseptic and inflammatory - rheumatism
  • Respiratory conditions - colds, flu, reduces fever
  • Inhibits coughing

Other Uses

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