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Monday, November 6

Teaching Kids About Herbs : Ginger


'Tis the season for holiday overeating....and November's herb, Ginger, will help soothe your belly!

Ginger
Just the Facts
  • Plant Description : Ginger has long, green shoots with narrow, green leaves and yellow or white flowers.  The root is a golden brown and often looks ‘knobby.’
  • Parts to use : Root
  • Used primarily for : Cold / flu, stomachache, gas / indigestion, nausea
  • You can make : Tea, food spice, candy, oil, ale

Projects
  • Ginger Ale : Mix 4 cups water and 1 tsp ginger powder; bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and sit for 10 minutes.  Stir in ½ cup carbonated water and 2 tsp brown sugar.  Drink to soothe stomachache or nausea, or simply enjoy a cuppa with lunch. 
  • Ginger Candy : Peel skin of 1/2 pound of ginger root and slice thinly.  Boil in two cups of water, then simmer 10 minutes.  Strain out slices, and set them off to the side.  Mix ½ cup raw sugar into water and stir until completely dissolved.  Bring the mixture to a boil for another 5-10 minutes, until mixture is like a thick syrup.  Mix ginger pieces back into syrup, coat them, and then spread them onto waxed paper.  Sprinkle with extra sugar, if desired.  Dry overnight and store in refrigerator up to a week.  Eat as candy, or for stomach irritation.
  • Warming Tea : (Use fresh ginger for cold / flu; powdered ginger for stomach)  Simmer 1 Tbsp ginger (or three slices) in a cup of water for ten minutes.  (You can microwave a cup for two minutes and then allow it to steep.)  Strain and drink as needed.

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