I used to eat fiddleheads, until one of my botany professors told me that it’s not a good idea. She said most ferns, even the ones used for food, contain potentially cancer-causing chemicals. The same is true with Poke Weed, “Poke Salad” shoots; they contain mitogens. I don’t know if cooking denatures these chemicals.
naf, not only are gingers heavy feeders, they can get mites. Keep a lookout. sometimes problem mites disappear outside due to conditions or predatory mites. For a quick nutrient fix, take the gingers outside and spray the foliage in the evening with liquid fertilizer and on a different evening, seaweed fertilizer.
Galanga also grows well in bright shade. There are two “Galanga”: Kaempferia galanga, also called Lesser Galanga or Chinese dried rhizome (when dried) and Alpinia galanga, the most common one in Thai cuisine. Kaempferia galanga is very low growing with round leaves that hug the ground; it is very shade tolerant. Alpinia galanga gets over 6 feet (2 meters) tall and needs a bit more light. Both can be induced into dormancy. Before it gets cold, frosty, start drying out the plants or bring them inside and let them dry out. Leaves will die back and they’ll “sleep” all winter.
I have a large collection of different gingers: Zeodary, Zerumbet, both Galanga types, Thai Finger ginger (Boesenbergia), Peacock ginger, to name some. Fun and easy to grow.
I grow Shiitake and Blue Dolphin Oyster mushrooms. They require good knowledge and attention to them, in order for them to produce. The work seems like it’s only worth doing if one plans on growing a lot of them; i.e. do a bunch at the same time.