Australian native ginger, also known as wild ginger or blue ginger, is an easy-to-grow plant that doubles as a bushfood. The plant grows from an underground rhizome and can grow up to two metres tall. Native ginger is a relative of edible ginger, cardamom and turmeric, and its signature traits are its wide, glossy leaves coupled with bright blue berries.
The young shoots growing underground (rhizomes) are the parts that taste the sweetest, but all of the plant is edible. The young leaf shoots and berries have a mild ginger taste to them and can be eaten fresh straight from the plant. You can also use the rhizomes as a ginger substitute, although they have a milder and less spicy taste. Try using them in your curries, stir fries and soups. Plus, native ginger is also high in vitamin B and minerals, so it’s good for your health too.
Native ginger is a rainforest plant and thrives in a moist and shaded area, making it a great plant to grow indoors. The plant is also easily propagated by dividing its underground stem – making it a perfect gift for your friends and family.