You can plant a piece of fresh root ginger and it will sprout leaves and eventually grow more roots.
Buy a nice clean smooth looking 'hand' of ginger and select the youngest freshest looking 'finger'. Plant it in multipurpose compost in a medium to large plant pot, just burying in beneath the surface. Water and keep in a warmish light place - indoors in winter, outside or in a greenhouse in summer.
It makes a nice pot plant and may even flower! When it becomes pot bound, use the roots in the kitchen or plant them up to make more plants.
If they get too damp and cold in the winter they rot and won't survive - that's what happened to mine.
There's good information on growing turneric and where to get the roots here
i love them both too i grow some in little pots not done Turmeric though the ginger is going well.
Did anyone see the re-scheduled programme with chef Nigel Slater last night?
He interviewed a guy who was passionate about Indian spices - and he said of turmeric that it has wonderful properties, especially for placing a small amount on a wound as an antiseptic. I have never heard of that before.
I must have ESP - I bought some turmeric yesterday morning - before the programme ...............
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