9. Ginger Flowers
Flowers of wild ginger tend to lay horizontally on the ground. His is normally an unusual position for flowers as it allows for them to be easily trampled by animals. However the unique shape and color of the flower is used to attract flies which emerge from the ground after winter looking for food. The wild ginger flower is then confused with the flesh of a dead animal and the fly will then enter the flower, by doing this pollen is transferred between flowers and will successfully pollinate wild ginger.
10. All Shapes and Colors
Ginger comes in many different forms. Whole ginger root have a pale yellow interior while the skin can be different shades depending where the root was originally cultivated. Jamaican ginger has a pale buff while Indian and African ginger boasts a darker brown buff on its exterior.
The fresher roots have a light green skin and are most commonly found in Asian markets. Preserved ginger is made from younger roots and will be sliced and canned in heavy sugar syrup.
11. Ginger Plant
Ginger is a perennial root which grows as a stalk with yellow flowers. The stems of the sprout are usually leafy and can grow to 4 feet high when healthy. The plants are best grown in tropical climates where they can thrive. The spice tasted from the root itself usually diminishes with age thus meaning that younger roots boast a spicier flavor.
12. Cooking with Ginger
We all know the common uses for ginger but let’s explore the more unique examples. In Chinese culture ginger was used to fend off shell food poisoning which was prevalent in the culture at that time due to undercooked shell food. The uses for ginger today however extend to items such as puddings, jams, preservatives, chutneys and pickles. The younger the ginger the better it is for fresh dishes such as salads.
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