The tropical climate is known to produce some of the most beautiful and exotic flowers in the world and one example of such flowers could be the Ginger. Originating from warm and tropical regions like Australia, Malaysia and eastern Asia, the Ginger is the proud representative of the Zingiberaceae family, a family whose name comes from Sanskrit. The root meaning of this name can be translated as “horn-shaped” and it’s true that most of the species belonging to this family are usually horn-shaped. The Ginger genus is very rich in species and it recounts almost 40 species.
Famous for its commercial use, the Ginger is worldwide distributed either for culinary delights, for its aroma or even for medicinal purpose. When talking about the flowers produced by this plant we can say that the Ginger flowers come on a wide range of colors, from vivid red to washed-out pink and have a great vase-resistance; they could remain fresh and beautiful in a vase up to 21 days. The flowers are usually available all year long and are very demanded by florists that try their talent into creating original and beautiful floral arrangements.
The plant is used to having warm or even subtropical climates and it’s a perennial plant that flowers at the top of a 1 meter tall stem. Even though the flowers are gorgeous, the Ginger flower’s importance is slightly overlooked because of the Ginger root, which is more popular and more useful as a plant, its presence being felt in almost all fields of activity, from food, to medicine and beverage production.
As we mentioned before, the Ginger flower only grows in warm environments and is extremely sensitive to cold and harsh conditions. The appropriate temperatures for the cultivation of this plant should be below 45 F and even though the flower develops well in warm climates, the direct sun exposure can actually harm its growth. So, if cultivated indoors or into a greenhouse, make sure that its place is not in full sunlight.
As a flower used at floral arrangements, the Ginger flower manages to offer height to any bouquet and so, to make their decorations more elaborate, florist often recur to the usage of this flower. The flower buds are known to be used in other purposes as well, such as local traditional Japanese cuisine. The flower buds are edible and considered traditional culinary specialty in Japan. In western culture the most famous usage of the Ginger is to produce Ginger beer, a beverage known worldwide for its sweet and aromatic flavor.
A similar plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family is the galangal, which has basically the same usage as the Ginger; even its common name suggests this, the Thai Ginger. Famous for its medicinal purpose, this plant can also be a basic ingredient in the elaboration of many culinary delights.
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