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Red Back Ginger

Red Back Ginger

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Red Back Australian Ginger is a versatile plant traditionally used by the Aboriginal people for food and crafting. In the wild, this species can be found in the rainforest understories of Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland — this particular variety comes from the Atherton Tableland highland region near Cairns.

Both the spicy root and bright blue fruit may be eaten. The ginger-scented rhizome may be used, like other ginger roots, in savory dishes, desserts, jams, marmalades, candies and tea. Though the seeds should not be eaten, the berries have a pleasant lemony ginger flavour and were often eaten by Aboriginal nomads to moisten the mouth during long walkabouts. The Red Back Australian Ginger’s large leaves were traditionally cut and used in thatch shelters and as food wrappings during cooking.

Fragrant white flowers appear from late Spring to early Summer, eventually leaving blue berries that may be picked and eaten straight off the stem. To harvest the root, simply dig it up and prepare for cooking.

Red Back Australian Ginger is a shade-loving perennial that prefers a constantly moist soil. Fertilise in Spring and mulch well before Summer. The reddish foliage may be pruned throughout the year as the leaves age.

This plant can grow up to 2m high and 1m wide. It’s suitable for gaps, pots, borders, narrow poolside beds and mass plantings.
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How To Grow Red Back Ginger

Climate
Sub tropical, Tropical

Position
Full sun, Part shade

Height
1-2 m

Pollination
Self pollinating

Propagated
Root division

Time to Fruit
2-3 years

Watering
Moderate watering with good drainage

Harvest
Leaves, all year

Frost/Cold Tolerant
Occasional

Deciduous
Ever green

Grow in a Pot
No

Quarantine Restrictions
WA