Freshly Dug Ginger
Freshly Dug Ginger
It is often my job to gather ingredients for the meal from our garden. Our ginger has lately done well enough to allow some occasional harvesting. Considering we use it in virtually every meal I doubt we’ll ever be self-sufficient but it’s nice to eat from your own land when you can.

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Official organ of an American Muslim in Malaysian Borneo, featuring plants, pantuns and pictures from the Malay archipelago. Oversharing since 2002.

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  1. As-salaam aleikum,

    Your ginger looks exactly like mine. We don’t use it as much and we have forests of the stuff. Maybe I should start looking at Malaysian recipes.

    Discovered water spinach this year in Indonesia and fell in love with it, I brought back seeds and now grow it in my garden and although it grows fast, as with everything else in this tropical land, it gets eaten to death by some insect so I have only managed a negligible harvest so far.

    I will be in Vietnam in december and looking forward to more interesting herbs and veg to bring back for my garden.


  2. Wa alaykum salam,
    Where do you live? Ginger is great, and the fresh stuff has a hotness to it that store-bought ginger doesn’t. I love water spinach too, kangkong they call it here. water spinach sauteed with fermented shrimp paste, chilies and dried anchovies is a great dish – kangkong masak belacan. I should post a recipe.

  3. Kangkong. Yes, that’s it, thanks. Can’t wait for the full recipe but will experiment with what you’ve posted already.

    What I find in a lot of stores is the large Chinese type ginger which for me just doesn’t have the sharp aroma that the smaller type has, and yes, it’s best just dug out. I like a cup of fresh ginger tea.

    I live in Ghana and as well as trying to be self-sufficient in food am also trying to design a tropical garden. So far, I’ve had success with trees like jacaranda, african tulip, flamboyant and coconut, although due to inexperience, I have ended up each time with enough seedlings for a commercial farm. Right now, there are 100+ each of tamarind and deglet noor date seedlings in my nursery. Yet to decide on smaller plants and shrubs to get but most will be native to South E. Asia, a number of them native to Borneo. I have already been to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and planning to visit Sabah Agricultural Park in Borneo and the Rimba Ilmu garden of the uni of Malaya. If there are other gardens not to be missed in that region, please let me know. Also, really interested in Bonsai so thank you for the link to the Harrington site.

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