Can You Guess The Plant?

This gorgeous plant grows from very common roots that are sold at grocery stores.  Can you guess?


Check out the answer after the jump!

It’s ginger!


I never thought about growing ginger and until recently, I didn’t realize how easy it is to regenerate ginger roots (or rhizomes), not to mention the added benefit of sprouting a beautiful, leafy plant.  If you’re a noncommittal, beginner gardener like me, this project is cake since you just need a plastic container, a wood skewer, some water, and ginger root.  You can later transfer the root to potting soil.  Baby steps.

2 liter soda bottles or 1 gallon plastic water containers are great for indoor gardening.  You can cut these containers in half, discard the top, cut holes at the bottom for drainage, and place a dish under the plastic container.

Instructions here.

I don’t use ginger that often in cooking, but I usually keep some in the fridge.  I’ve found that grated ginger in tea is a great cold buster.

Another great cold buster ginger drink:

  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger (or as much as you can stand)

A microplane is the best tool for grating ginger.

Agave nectar has a lower glycemic index than table sugar and most other sweeteners, so spikes in blood sugar are not as drastic or harmful.  Agave nectar also helps mask the spicy taste of raw ginger.  I’ve cut down recovery time from colds and the flu from 2 whole weeks to 3-4 days.

Ginger also helps settle an upset tummy, along with many other benefits such as reducing inflammation and alleviating nausea.  If you have a juicer, cut off a chunk, peel off the skin, and throw into your juicer for a natural power boost.

Happy harvesting!


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