GINGER ZINGIBER OFFICINALE

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Zingiber officinale)

A fleshy underground root that is popular in Asian food and makes a tasty healthy herbal tea.

Flavours/Food Partners

Ginger is one of those hot, fragrant spices that stir the imagination and taste buds. It partners well with chilli, garlic, galangal, lime and coriander for spicy savoury meals. It also goes well with mint, lemon herbs and the fruity sages in sweet dishes and herbal teas. Adds depth to the flavours of strong meats, use sparingly with seafood and gives most green veggies a little spice.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Ginger has many medical properties – it gives relief from motion sickness, is good for relaxation, helps the body get over a night of excesses and is a positive add to overall body health. It can be used many ways; finely sliced, grated, crushed or ground to a paste on a ginger rasp.. It can be added at any stage in the cooking depending on the depth and strength of the flavour required. Slice finely, place in a cup with chopped Lemon or Lime verbena leaves and cover with boiling water and let sit for 2-5mins to make a healthy refreshing tea.

Landscaping/Planting

Prefers moist but well drained soil in a semi shade position with morning sun. Goes dormant in winter in the cooler climates. Harvest when the leaves start to wither.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Fertilise with Seasol and Powerfeed in spring, summer and autumn.

Herb Attributes

Position PART TO FULL SUN, FROST SENSITIVE
Height 1M
Width 1.5M