Fresh ginger is indispensable as a flavour in cooking and as a herbal tonic. The rhizome (root) of the plant is best harvested in winter, however side shoots can be taken with care, eight months after good growth. Plants prefer a warm subtropical climate, but in cooler temperate regions ginger can be treated as an annual, and planted in spring in a frost-free area or lifted each year.
Native to the tropics and sub-tropics, ginger prefers a frost-free climate, although ginger can be grown in cooler areas in a protected part of the garden or in pots. Depending on your climate, ginger either prefers more shade (tropics) or more sun (cool and temperate areas), and is evergreen up north. Grow as an annual in cooler climates, planting in a frost free environment in spring and harvesting in winter.