Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gingerly Ginger!

Just a short and quick update! I was unexpectedly excited!

I planted this ginger root sometime in May-June last year. I've been wondering when I can harvest it, and online, it says between 7-8 months. After that I totally forgot about it except the frequent watering.
Yesterday afternoon while preparing to cook my stir fry mixed vegetable, I found out that I was out of this ginger! OMG!! Then I remember my little backyard garden...haha! Not knowing how to harvest it, I just took a kitchen knife and head towards my kitchen garden. In the process, I slice the roots underground.

So here it is, harvested ginger root! Nice young ones. Not too professional a result, split into 3-4 pieces and some still left underground.... for future needs!

Here are some wonderful info about Ginger from Wikipedia. You can click to learn more

Usage

Culinary uses

Pickled ginger
Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be stewed in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added as a sweetener; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry. The juice from old ginger roots is extremely potent and is often used as a spice in Indian recipes and Chinese cuisine to flavor dishes such as seafood or mutton and vegetarian recipes. Powdered dry ginger root (ginger powder) is typically used to spice gingerbread and other recipes. Fresh ginger can be substituted for ground ginger at a ratio of 6 parts fresh for 1 part ground, although the flavors of fresh and dried ginger are not exactly interchangeable.
Ginger is also made into candy, is used as a flavoring for cookies, crackers and cake, and is the main flavor in ginger ale—a sweet, carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage, as well as the similar, but spicier ginger beer which is popular in the Caribbean.
Fresh ginger should be peeled before cooking. For storage, the ginger should be wrapped tightly in a towel and placed in a plastic bag, and can be kept for about three weeks in a refrigerator and up to three months in a freezer.



Medicinal uses
The medical form of ginger historically was called "Jamaica ginger"; it was classified as a stimulant and carminative, and used frequently for dyspepsia and colic. It was also frequently employed to disguise the taste of medicines. Ginger is on the FDA's 'generally recognized as safe' list, though it does interact with some medications, including warfarin. Ginger is contraindicated in people suffering from gallstones as the herb promotes the release of bile from the gallbladder.[5] Ginger may also decrease joint pain from arthritis, though studies on this have been inconsistent, and may have blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties that may make it useful for treating heart disease.[6]

Diarrhea
Ginger compounds are active against a form of diarrhea which is the leading cause of infant death in developing countries. Zingerone is likely to be the active constituent against enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin-induced diarrhea.[7]

Nausea
Ginger has been found effective in multiple studies for treating nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy,[8] though ginger was not found superior over a placebo for post-operative nausea.

Folk medicinal uses
A variety of uses are suggested for ginger. Tea brewed from ginger is a folk remedy for colds. Three to four leaves of Tulsi taken along with a piece of ginger on an empty stomach is an effective cure for congestion, cough and cold.[citation needed] Ginger ale and ginger beer have been recommended as "stomach settlers" for generations in countries where the beverages are made, and ginger water was commonly used to avoid heat cramps in the US. Ginger has also been historically used to treat inflammation, which several scientific studies support, though one arthritis trial showed ginger to be no better than a placebo or ibuprofen.[6] Research on rats suggests that ginger may be useful for treating diabetes.[9][10]
Local uses

2 comments:

Uncle Lee said...

Hi YDiana, wow! Nothing like having fresh ginger and especially one you grew in your garden.
Good for you.
And yes, ginger sure has good medicinal values too.
Good for colds and practically most ailments.
'Very interesting notes you have here too.
Well done, Ydiana.
Best regards, Lee.

Ydiana said...

Hello Lee

Guess what? After reading about ginger, I decided to try pickling some of it.

Thanks, Lee. Have a great weekend!