This is my journal about the experience harvesting ginger grown in a plant pot this summer.
This is my first time growing ginger.
I started to cultivate common store-bought ginger in April and it looks like this is the harvest timing so I decided to harvest them.
Freshly harvested ginger is soft and is not very spicy, and it becomes spicy and more fibery which you know while storing for about 2 months.
- THE JAPANESE ENJOY GINGER ROOTS IN DIFFERENT STAGES
- PLANT GINGER ROOTS
- HARVEST THE GINGER ROOTS
- MY FIRST ATTEMPT: REVIEW
- HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER ROOTS
- MAKE SUSHI GINGER AT HOME
- HOMEMADE GINGER SYRUP
THE JAPANESE ENJOY GINGER ROOTS IN DIFFERENT STAGES
- “FUDE” SHOGA
- “HA” SHOGA
- “SHIN” SHOGA and “NE” SHOGA
Fude-shoga is harvested in an early stage of growing ginger which has a few fresh green leaves and tiny baby pink ginger roots. Generally, marinated fude shoga in sweet vinegar is served with grilled fish to refresh your mouth.
“FUDE” means “a brush” in Japanese and the name comes from that the tip of a sprouted ginger is cut into a brush-like shape.
The baby ginger with 6 or 7 leaves harvested in the summer season (later than FUDE shoga) is called “HA” SHOGA in Japan.
Generally, it is sold attached with leaves and stalks.
“HA” means “leaves” in Japanese.
“SHIN” SHOGA and “NE” SHOGA
“SHIN” SHOGA refers to “young ginger” in English, known for the raw material for sushi ginger.
“SHIN” shoga is generally available at the beginning of summer in Japan and has a pinkish base of the stem.
“SHIN” means “NEW” in Japanese.
Also, grown ginger roots harvested in fall before the first frost has yellow matured ginger has fresh juicy ginger, but, we call it simply “Shoga” or “NE” Shoga.
“NE” means “a root/roots” in Japanese.
The common ginger available year-round is fresh ginger that has been stored after harvesting.
PLANT GINGER ROOTS
Ginger has a unique spicy flavor and aroma and is useful as a secret ingredient or condiment for cooking.
It is resistant to pests and diseases and can be grown in half-shaded places.
Depending on the harvest season, you can also harvest leaf ginger, young, and mature ginger roots.
WHAT’LL YOU NEED
- 1 or 2 store-bought ginger roots (fresh and have a few nubs)
- A plant pot, more than 7-inch depth
- Potting mix
- Pebbles for placing the bottom
WHEN TO PLANT GINGER
Plant ginger roots in the early spring after the climate gets calm and warm. They don’t like cold weather.
HOW TO PLANT
Carefully, select the ginger roots that are fresh and big with 2 or 3 nubs. You can break the roots if needed. Leave nubs in each piece and avoid breaking up too small. (Small roots run out of nutrition for growing.)
Place pebble stones in the bottom of the planter, fill the potting soil, and arrange the ginger roots with their nubs facing up.
Keep about 5-inch spaces between the roots.
Fully cover the roots with soil, then lightly press down the soil with your hands and water thoughtfully.
WATER & FERTILIZE
Leaves will come up in around 2-3 weeks after planting.
Give plenty of water since the ginger roots like water.
Especially in the summertime, keep your eyes on the soil and never dry out.
Give fertilizer a month later and repeat every two weeks.
HARVEST THE GINGER ROOTS
Harvest ginger roots in the fall before the first frost. If you like young ginger, dig up the roots in early summer.
Cut off the stems and roots.
Clean off the soil and wrap the harvested ginger with wet kitchen paper, then, put them in a store bag.
Store them in a fridge.
If you want to keep the harvested ginger at room temperature, avoid rinsing off the soil.
Sun-dry them for a few days and wrap each root with paper.
Spray water and keep them in an insulated styrofoam cooler and store it in a cool and dry place.
MY FIRST ATTEMPT: REVIEW
I planted the store-bought ginger in April and seems they kept growing quite healthy.
I gave them fertilizer every two weeks in summertime which was the same time I gave it to my flowers. (liquid fertilizer)
Once I was going to transfer the plant pot, the roots already reached to ground and still growing.
I should have waited to harvest for more than a month or so.
Yet, they are good-looking as “young” gingers.
I wish I had a yard garden to plant ginger roots, so they may grow bigger.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER ROOTS
Ginger has a long history as a medical property in Asia and Europe.
In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, ginger is used to reduce symptoms such as stomach, vomiting, coughing, nausea, and others.
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MAKE SUSHI GINGER AT HOME
Spicy, sweet, thinly sliced ginger known as “gari” -the pink pickled ginger we associate with sushi.
If you are fed up with super-sweet sushi ginger full of artificial color and preservatives, you might need to learn how to make homemade sushi ginger with all-natural ingredients.
HOMEMADE GINGER SYRUP
Spicy, zingy, but cozy! Add this authentic exotic spice kick that attracts you more than store-bought sweet ginger syrup: to your cozy hot drinks, refreshing sweet cocktails and sodas, yogurt, and ice cream! Even more, you can use this ginger syrup for cooking and baking.