At the markets this Sunday you will find us behind a splash of colour from the freshly flowering Heliconia champneiana ‘Splash’. We also have bucket loads of psittacorums creating a riot of colour.
On the last day of the Ginger Festival we were lucky enough to receive instruction from Siriwan, or Chef Boo as her friends call her, the Thai chef of the well known Cottontree restaurant “Thai Mango”. She demonstrated how we can prepare, cook and store a number of different gingers including ginger, galangal, chinese keys, turmeric, torch ginger flowers and a relative to the ginger family, the banana flower. Chef Boo also provided a number of her Thai recipes using these various gingers.
The 2016 Ginger Flower and Food Festival is almost upon us, and we are busy delivering thousands of plants that will be for sale at the Ginger Factory in Yandina. Please come and visit us from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th January – that is next weekend! I will be launching a brand new range of compact cold hardy costus with Greg Jones on Friday at 11.30am and on Sunday at 2.30pm I will be talking about edible and medicinal gingers – how to grow, harvest, store, prepare and cook them. One of the new costus being launched is a gorgeous compact hybrid developed by Greg called ‘Midori Magic’.
Tomorrow Sunday 17th Jan is market day again at Noosa Farmers Market and yet again we have heaps of bright gorgeous flowers for sale including the last pickings for this year of the gobsmacking gorgeous lipstick pink Heliconia bourgaeana. Our mixed bunches are as colourful as ever and we have bucket loads of psittacorums which will last for ages in a vase.