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May 10, 2011

Wild Edible: Wild Ginger

I found this while I was out on one of my walks this last weekend on one of the islands on the Chagrin river.  I was just walking out and this plant caught my eye, I had taken over a hundred pictures already, but I knew I recognized this plant from somewhere and that I hadn’t run into it in the wild yet.  As per my usual when I got home and downloaded all my pictures, I flipped through my 3 wild edibles books and a couple websites I use and I found this one in the first pass.

Now that I know what it is, I am going to try and go back and collect some to actually try.  From reading you can use this as a replacement for the commercial (Asian) ginger you would buy in the store, it is most likely not quite as potent as the Asian Ginger, but that just means you use a bit more of it.  I am quite excited to have found this!

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  1. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t eat wild ginger because it contains Aristolochic Acid, which can cause kidney damage. I was hoping to be able to try it but won’t after reading up on it online 🙁

    Comment by ducky — June 12, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

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