Ing Makhir Ginger?
Known to be one of the most potent ginger varieties in the world, the Ing Makhir Ginger is Meghalaya’s finest ginger variety.
Grown naturally, without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, the Ing Makhir is extremely rich as compared to regular ginger varieties which are available in the market. It has very thin skin and is very fibrous in nature as well.
What does Ing Makhir Ginger mean?
'Ing' is a shorter name used for the word 'Sying' which means ginger and 'Makhir' is the Khasi word for small or little. The farmers in Jaintia hills also refer to this ginger as 'Ing Traw' which translates to ‘small ginger’.
What is the Origin of
Ing Makhir Ginger?
Ginger is grown in almost all of the Northeastern state of India. The leading states include Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim. While most of these states produce other varieties of ginger, Meghalaya is home to one of the world’s best ginger varieties.
As far as its origins is concerned, the Ing Makhir ginger has been used by the locals of Meghalaya for countless years now. Though much research is yet to be done about its supposed origin, this potent ginger grows really well in Meghalaya’s soil.
How is Ing Makhir Ginger Grown?
Our farmer partners, who are experts in growing this indigenous ginger, gave us a thorough understanding as to how this ginger is grown. They begin with selecting the best seeds. Only the superior rhizomes are carefully chosen to be used as seeds for the next generation of Ing Makhir.
Before planting the seeds, the farmers choose a good land where they will plant the ginger, as this ginger demands a rich and fertile soil for it to grow well.
The land is tilled, cleaned, and flattened. The seeds are places in rows and covered with soil. The ginger is then left to do its own thing. The cultivation is completed between the months of April and May.
The farmers depend on rainfall to water the Ing Makhir. They weed the field three times in one agricultural cycle of Ing Makhir. The Ing Makhir is harvested during the months of January through February.
Why do Farmers Grow
Ing Makhir Ginger?
For farmers, this ginger is grown mainly for their own culinary use in their gardens. Farmers know the value of this ginger but have not been able to find a market for it. They are able to sell so little of it. Besides using it for themselves they are able to sell it to traditional healers too.
The locals of Meghalaya use Ing Makhir quite rarely in their cooking, mainly due to the fact that it is quite difficult to manage and use, as a result of its small body. However, traditional healers know the worth and medicinal components of Ing Makhir, therefore they use this ginger in their traditional remedies.
What is special about Ing Makhir Ginger?
Native to Meghalaya, the Ing Makhir ginger has been used as a traditional source of medicine for centuries by the Khasi and Jaintia people.
Infantile diarrhoea or Niangsohpet (as it is locally known in Meghalaya), is a common medical condition which can be found in newborn babies or infants. A formulation of Ing Makhir and other herbs is used as a remedy to treat this ailment.
Even to this day, traditional healers still practice this remedy which has worked wonders for years!
Health Benefits of Ing Makhir Ginger
The Ing Makhir ginger has exceptional health benefits as a result of its potent nature. Gingerol is an active compound found in ginger just as piperine in black pepper. It is known to give ginger its analgesic or pain-relieving properties. It is also one reason why ginger can be taken while one is feeling nauseous or having indigestion.
Some of the health benefits of Ing Makhir ginger are listed below: