Product description

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale var. rubrum

Types of Plant: Perennial herbaceous plant

Part of the Plant used: Rhizomes, stems, leaves

Description: Red Ginger, also known as Zingiber officinale var. rubrum, is a variant of the common Ginger plant prized for its vibrant red coloration and spicy flavor. Belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, Red Ginger is cultivated for both ornamental and culinary purposes. It features tall, leafy stems with glossy green leaves and clusters of cone-shaped red inflorescences that resemble flower buds. Red Ginger adds visual interest to gardens and landscapes with its striking appearance and aromatic foliage.


  • Culinary Uses: Red Ginger rhizomes are used in culinary applications to impart a spicy, aromatic flavor to dishes. They can be grated, sliced, or minced and added to soups, stir-fries, curries, marinades, and beverages such as tea and cocktails. Red Ginger adds depth of flavor and complexity to both savory and sweet recipes.
  • Medicinal Properties: Red Ginger is valued in traditional medicine systems for its potential health benefits. It contains bioactive compounds such as gingerol and shogaol, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive properties. Red Ginger preparations are used to alleviate nausea, aid digestion, reduce inflammation, and support overall well-being.
  • Ornamental Value: Red Ginger plants are cultivated for their ornamental value in gardens, landscapes, and indoor settings. The vibrant red inflorescences and lush foliage add tropical flair to outdoor spaces, while potted Red Ginger plants make attractive houseplants, bringing color and greenery to interior décor.


Growing Conditions:

  • Sunlight: Red Ginger thrives in partial to full shade, making it suitable for shaded garden beds, under trees, or in filtered light conditions. Protect Red Ginger plants from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day, to prevent leaf scorching.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but well-drained, as Red Ginger plants prefer humid conditions. Water regularly, especially during dry periods, and mulch around the base of the plants to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Soil: Plant Red Ginger in rich, well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.0). Amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility, structure, and moisture retention.

Harvesting and Storage of Red Ginger:

  • Harvest Red Ginger rhizomes as needed for culinary or medicinal use. Dig up mature rhizomes using a garden fork or shovel, taking care not to damage the surrounding roots or shoots. Rinse the harvested rhizomes under cool, running water to remove soil and debris.
  • Store harvested Red Ginger rhizomes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Alternatively, wrap them in damp paper towels and place them in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator for short-term storage.

Red Ginger

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