The ginger it is a very popular root in the kitchen; lends itself to a great variety of uses: herbal teas, infusions, centrifuged, decoctions to exploit its therapeutic properties. In addition to its use in gastronomy, ginger also finds applications in the cosmetic and herbal sector and is also the main ingredient of many preparations of Ayurvedic medicine.
Apparently it carries out various beneficial functions on the gastrointestinal system. Although it is an oriental spice, it is also possible to grow ginger in Italy; in fact, its cultivation does not require particular cultural care and even climatic requirements. It can even be safely grown in pots.
Ginger cultivation, useful information
The ginger root should be planted between the end of May and the beginning of June; it will be sufficient to use a rhizome (root) with some sprouts: our advice is to buy it from organic product retailers, so the idea of using the supermarket as a supplier should be discarded. If you do not have a trusted dealer you can try to grow ginger starting from what you find in supermarkets but in this case the result is not guaranteed: what you find in large supermarkets is treated with chemicals that delay or prevent germination. .
The roots need space to develop therefore to ensure a luxuriant development it is good to get a rather large and deep pot, which you will fill with well-drained specific soil mixed with organic matter as the root needs a lot of nitrogen.
If you have sprouted a large ginger root, there may be more sprouts; in this case you can cut the root into as many pieces as there are shoots so as to obtain as many seedlings.
A 35 cm diameter pot can hold up to three plants.
For the plant it will be sufficient to bury the rhizome a few centimeters deep from the surface of the soil, making sure that the shoots are positioned upwards. At the end of planting, do not forget to water, a procedure that you will have to repeat regularly, taking care to avoid water stagnation that cause rot.
Place the pot in a preferably sunny place: the ideal temperature should never be below 15 degrees,
Ginger cultivation, the harvest
After about 5 months, if the plant is successful, the first flowers will sprout. The flowers are yellow-colored spike-shaped, although graceful, it is advisable to cut them so as to favor the growth of the rhizome.
To harvest the ginger it will be necessary to wait for the leaves to become dry. After harvesting, you can replant part of the rhizomes.
The rhizome intended for food use will be deprived of the soil and secondary roots. If you do not want to use it fresh, you can dry it naturally with prolonged exposure to the sun or in a covered and well-ventilated environment and then reduce it to dust. Like the fresh product, dried ginger also retains the same virtues; the important thing is to keep it in jars with hermetic cover.
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