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There’s a ginger shortage. And, it’s no secret. The ginger shortage of 2020/2021 has caused the price of the popular root to skyrocket. But why? Well, a poor harvest last year already impacted the global ginger market greatly. And, the pandemic further saw to it that far less ginger was harvested this past season.

The result has been that R/pkg price of ginger hit nearly R340 in some stores. With the uses for ginger ranging from edible delight to medicinal, the demand for it increased as well. Ginger has been used in various medicines for thousands of years. It has been used to soothe everything from stomach aches to nausea. More recently, it’s been thought of as an essential immune booster.

Ginger Booster Shot

So we asked around and found the best immune booster shot featuring ginger.

You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Fresh lemon juice from one lemon
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, salt and cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 25ml hot water

Method

  1. Mince the garlic and let it stand for roughly 15 minutes
  2. Mix together the hot water, honey and turmeric until everything is well incorporated
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together
  4. Can be stored for a maximum of two days
  5. Shake or stir before drinking.

Ginger Tea

If adding garlic, cayenne pepper and orange juice is not for you, why not give ginger tea a bang.

You’ll Need:

  • 300ml water
  • 150g fresh ginger
  • Lemon slices
  • 4 tablespoons honey

Method

  1. In a medium pot bring the water to a boil.
  2. Slice the ginger root and add it to the water
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes and remove from stove
  4. Add honey and mix together
  5. Pour into your favourite mug and add a few slices of lemon
  6. Enjoy

Growing Ginger

Ginger is, for the most part, a long term crop. And if you’re hoping to solve the world’s ginger shortage chop chop you’re in for a surprise. Ginger takes roughly 10 months to grow. This means if you’re planning it now, you may have ginger by December.

You also need to be selective of the site you choose for your ginger. The root flourishes in areas where it is hot and humid. The plants also need around 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight every day. Avoid areas where the plants could be exposed to any strong winds.

When planting ginger, choose loose soil in an area with great drainage. To begin planting you need to get hold of ginger Rhizomes. Cut these into 3cm pieces and set aside for a few days. Many nurseries will stock ginger ready for planting. Plant the rhizomes about 15cm apart and about 6cm into the ground. Remember ginger plants can grow to be around a metre tall.

Avoid letting your ginger plants dry out but also do not overwater them. To harvest (after about 10 months) dig up the whole plant. Choose a few rhizomes to replant next year. Fresh ginger can be stored in your fridge. If unpeeled you can expect it to last around 3 weeks. If you freeze the ginger it can last for about 6 months.

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