Flavour experience -This ginger has a light earthy sweetness and a strong spiciness characteristic of ginger in its full glory. As a result of its freshness, the subtle citrus flavour of high quality ginger is preserved.
The Spice – There are two known commercial varieties, besides dozens of local varieties, that are grown all over the world: Rio de Janeiro and Nadia. They are the most popular varieties because they grow bigger than others and so provide the most yield. Our ginger is the Nadia variant. The flavour is however not only determined by the variant but also by the climate and soil it grows in: the colder the climate, the thicker the peel that safeguards the oils in the root, giving it a different flavour. In the Jaintia Hills, the temperature is relatively low and the loamy soil is fertile. In addition, our farmers let the ginger mature under the ground, which results in a ginger with a light earthy sweetness.
Working with – We work together with the kind-hearted local trader Wanbor. He works with around two hundred farmers to bring their products to the local market. Ever since he started his work he has applied the philosophy “the more he earns, the bigger the share he pays to his farmers, independent of the market prices.” Sounds logical? Unfortunately, he is the exception. Our ginger is grown by a small group of eleven female farmers called Lakynty, which translates to ‘telling each other the good things”, with Matilda Sonaro as their community leader.
How does it grow?
Most of us know the ginger roots or rhizomes – or puppets, as I sometimes call them – from the store. These rhizomes are the fingers of a tuber . This tuber is called the mother root. Every year a small leaved green plant grows from this mother root. The root system as we know it grows underground. After harvest, the fingers are sold and the mother root goes back into the ground. Farmers call a mother root that has been through several harvest cycles a grandmother root.
How can you recognize the difference between two variants of fresh ginger? The colours and shape are different, but the easiest way to differentiate are the lines on the roots. The lines are closer together on the Nadia than on the Rio de Janeiro where they are wider. Nadia has more of a citrus flavour and Rio de Janeiro is more pungent. Give it a try: spot the differences at your local Toko.
Impact – We pay 25% above the market price. Furthermore, we are working with the local government to get solar dryers subsidized. These dryers will shorten the time it will take to dry the ginger, and reduce the dependence on dry weather thereby minimizing the risk on mould that could affect the ginger. As a result, farmers can dry more and with reduced risks.
How many steps between you and the farmer
Lakyntu Lang – Local trader Wanbor – exporter Jeev Anksh – The Good Spice – your kitchen
How many farmers
The price the farmer gets
₹ 350= €4 per kg (marketprice is ₹300 per kg)
€4,55 i.p.v. €3,41 – increase by 33%
Amount of imported organic spices