I love ginger and know it has many medicinal qualities. I also grow 2 vastly different types of ginger and want to know if I can eat either. The first looks exactly like pics of an edible ginger. It makes beautiful pinkish flowers before the tall green leaves come out. I just went out and dug up a root and peeled it. Very yellow, but smells and tastes just like pinesol. Heating it the microwave really brings out the pinesol smell. Makes me want to go mop something.
The other grows more like a tall stalk with one large leaf every few inches up the stalk. Then it make a big red seed cluster, sort of like a pine cone. Each of the seed sections makes a beautiful delicate white flower. Later you see the black seeds in each red tube. That root peeled is pure white, sort of spongy, with virtually no smell or taste.
I would love to know as much about these two ginger as possible. Thanks to anyone who can help.