Ginger is a perennial plant that's been grown for centuries all over the world for medicine and cooking. Edible ginger root can be bought fresh by the pound, or in a powdered or candied form. It can also be grown throughout Florida.
The edible ginger, Zingiber officinale, has narrow leaf blades and yellow-green flowers with purple tips that grow in dense spikes. Its underground stems, or rhizomes, are plump and tan, and they smell pungent and spicy.
Ginger does best in partial to full shade in a bed that's been prepared with organic matter. Harvest your ginger in the fall or when the tops have died down. Allow the rhizomes to dry in the shade before using.
- Ginger — Zingiber officinale Roscoe
- Farm and Forestry Production and Marking Profile for Ginger, Zingiber officinale (PDF)