Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Tale of Sprouting Ginger

Here's a picture I made of a ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) on my kitchen counter.

About a month ago I brought it home from the grocery in a translucent plastic bag and laid it back behind a jar of honey on the counter, intending to use both in ginger tea. But I got busy and then forgot about it. Last weekend, the new sprout's flash of green caught my eye and filled me with astonishment. I have moved the rhizome out of the plastic bag and into a bowl of shallow water to see whether the shoot will thrive. If it does, I might eventually have yellow ginger flowers blooming in my kitchen.

Wikipedia has a picture of a ginger field here.

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