Ginger is a perennial plant that can be grown for culinary uses and is a great addition to food forests and edible gardens. The leafy foliage looks very tropical and it grows well in Central Florida. It helps if you add compost or organic matter to the soil and ginger grows best in a partly shady location. Don’t confuse this edible variety of ginger (Zingiber officinale) with other ornamental types that should not be consumed.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is in the same plant family as ginger and also grows very well in Central Florida. It is one of the essential ingredients in curries. Both ginger and turmeric will die back during winter, but both will return in the spring.
Check out our upcoming class on growing ginger and turmeric on July 5. Register at http://: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-groceries-healthy-and-tasty-ginger-and-turmeric-tickets-359528317877 and get 2 plants each of edible ginger and turmeric!