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Green Native Ginger

Green Native Ginger

Alpinia caerulea green

Regular price $4.75 AUD
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Plant Details
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Expected Height Range:

3 m

Preferred positioning:

Partial sun, Partial shade, and Full shade

Flower Season/s:

Summer and Spring

Flower Colour/s:

Plant life cycle:

Perennial

Habitat:

Found naturally in NSW, growing north from around Gosford, extending up the coast and coastal hinterland, into Queensland, all the way to Cape York. Grows in rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests.

Preferred Soil:

Prefers deep well drained organic rich soils

An understory plant that creates a cool microclimate for frogs and provides nesting material for the leaf cutter fly. The young growing tips of the creeping rhizome can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw they are crunchy and refreshing with a mild ginger taste and in cooking they can be used as a ginger substitute with a milder, less spicey taste. The fruit is ripe when it’s blue and the casing should be peeled off. The white pulp that surrounds the seeds is edible and has a pleasant zesty taste. There’s a lot of seeds and not much pulp so sucking off the flesh is just a taste. The leaves can be used for wrapping food for cooking to impart a slight gingery taste, they’re perfect for fish.

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