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'wild' ginger questions..

Posted by habeeb haiku (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 12, 10 at 2:32


I was walking around my new rental and came across a patches of ginger which looked wild grown as its off the path.. I am not sure if it is the medicinal / cooking kind of ginger???

-the root looks a little smaller then the pics on the net, and pinkish tinge to it, not that light brown color or the pump-nes. the root was also narrower and more longer then the grocery store ginger..

the flowers were ranging in white to white green and white pink. ( I can get some pics tomorrow if I can post them here )

is this the medicinal kind or ginger? good to cook with?

I also hear its best to uproot when the foliage starts to die back? or can you up root any time?

also another question, how do you cut it up to re-plant? I want to know how small or big of a piece you need, as I pulled a good size clump and broke my shovel doing it, but I don't know how much root you need to re-plant ( I'm a container gardener by nature .. HAHA )

thanks for any info / advice guys.. new to tropical plants, but enjoying all the varieties

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: 'wild' ginger questions..

Various gingers have escaped captivity in the islands and become quite invasive, crowding out native plant species. Much effort is put into control.

RE: 'wild' ginger questions..

^ I have heard that from a Maui floral book..

my question still remains, is it the medicinal / cooking type

RE: 'wild' ginger questions..

  • Posted by jamesg konahawaii (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 25, 10 at 23:05

Wild ginger and edible ginger are different. Not that you couldn't try eating it. fyi--there are many types of ginger. including the wild yellow and white and shampoo which grow wild in Hawaii. There is also a type that they pickle the flower heads that grow out of the ground from the rhizome. I once had it, but I lost it unfortunately. The flowers on commercial ginger are not at all like those of the wild ones. There is also a cultivated 'blue' ginger, which is also grown for its flowers not as food.

RE: 'wild' ginger questions..

question...has anyone been able to root the wild ginger in water??

RE: 'wild' ginger questions..

Habeeb, what you are seeing is probably the floral type of ginger, not the edible type. The edible type is short and has a thin stalk, floral type is usually tall with a robust stalk. Also flowers from the floral type will be at the top of a stalk, where the flowers of the edible type come out of the ground on a short stalk and is in the shape of a bulb, pretty much like the shampoo ginger.

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