Ginger Plant

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Ginger Plant

Plant Biology

Since ancient years, ginger has been a big part of tropical Asia. This plant is likely to have originated from India. During the 16th century ginger was introduced to Africa and the Caribbean. It is now planted throughout the humid tropics (“Plant cultures”. 2009).Ginger has a fairly easy growth pattern. In order for it to grow properly, the soil needs to be moisturized, and a temperature of above 38 degrees. Water lightly at first, then more heavily when shoots appear. Also the plant must be protected from wind and extreme weather. The average size of a mature ginger plant is about 2-4 feet tall (Robertson. 2011).

Ginger is a well known spice, and it is commonly used in food as an additional flavor. This plant is also used in traditional medicine Most people characterize ginger as having a pleasant odor and a strong taste.The part of the ginger plant that is used is the root, which is the rhizome. The flat Surfaces of the rhizome are removed, leaving the remains of the underground stem.Ginger is used in many popular products such as ginger bread, and ginger chocolate. Many people also like to mix ginger with their drink or add to their food.Useful chemical properties of the plant: • Starch• Proteins• Fats• Fibers•Oil (Majeed & Prakash. 2007)

Plant Product(s)

•For centuries, ginger has also been used in the medical field in Canada and worldwide for treatments of headache, nervous diseases, nausea, and vomiting. •It has been noted to treat migraine headaches without side-effects.•It is also recommended in the management muscular pain in many cases.•Ginger can also eliminate symptoms associated with a variety of illnesses, such as arthritis because of its chemical properties.It is fair to say that this plant has positive impact on the economy since its being used in so many different ways, for example in traditional medicine, and food and drink industries. Also because this plant does not require a very significant amount of money to grow; it is fairly easy and cheap compare to many other plants (“And along came ginger…” 2012)On the other hand this plant doesn’t have a very positive impact on the environment, because as the plant grows, it requires heavy watering. In most cases this water comes from the fresh water in the rivers which could potentially have negative results for other species and organisms in that environment.For many years ginger has had positive impacts on quality of human life, because of its use in different fields, including medicine and food. Through centuries ginger has treated many sicknesses and brought smile on people’s faces with the ginger bread on Christmas day, so it is safe to say that this plant has improved quality of human lives (Skinner. 2003).

Role in Human Society

Ginger is grown and produced in an environmentally sustainable method in most cases. Method used to support sustainability is organic farming.In ginger plant farms, farmers use techniques to achieve good crop yields without damaging the natural environment or the people who live and work in it. Some methods that is being used in order to put organic farming in place are:•Careful use of water resources•Using natural pesticides •Crop rotation•Careful planning and crop choice•the right soil cultivation at the right timeEven the smallest changes can help this crop be more environmentally sustainable (“what is organic farming”. N.D)

Environmental Sustainability

Ginger has had some positive impact on the growth and development of society. This plant can be used in many ways, and throughout centuries people have gotten many benefits from this plant. It has also been beneficial to the economy of different countries as the import/export and sells them to consumers.•This plant was originally used as additional spice in different types of food•Also used in traditional medicine to treat different illnesses such as nausea• Used as a flavor in ginger bread or ginger chocolate, which people consume on a daily bases


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