Archives for January 2013

Lokahi Garden Sanctuary Developing Healthy Ginger Candy

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I have been working with Sarah, one of our wwoofers, to develop a candied ginger product here on the farm.
Using the fresh organic ginger and fresh organic sugar cane juice both grown here on the farm we are in the process of making a value added product that has numerous health benefits.

Ginger rhizome is a wonderful root that promotes digestion, relieves the symptoms of nausea, promotes a healthy appetite, stimulates the immune system, and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. It has traditionally been used to lower blood pressure, treat the symptoms of arithtis, relieve headaches, and treat tumors. For more detailed info please visit this website benefits of ginger

Fresh sugar cane juice is good for digestion, has a mild laxative effect, is super high in vitamins and minerals, and has been used to treat colds and flus. Being alkaline in nature, sugarcane juice helps the body in fighting against cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer. Sugar cane juice is considered to be one of the best sources of energy. Sugarcane is believed to strengthen stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain, and sex organs. Sugarcane clears the urinary flow and also helps the kidney to perform its functions smoothly. For more detailed info please visit this website benefits of cane juice.

Sarah cleans and slices the fresh ginger rhizome and then boils it in the fresh cane juice. After the 30 minute simmering process the ginger is then dried in our food dehydrator for around 60 minutes.
We are now fine tuning the cooking process with the aim of producing a finished product that is delicious as well as having retained all the healing properties of the raw plants. Packaging and labeling are our next steps and then we will test our product out in the local farmers market. This is a fun project here at Lokahi. We hope to offer this island treat to our guests and clients when they visit us here at Lokahi Garden Sanctuary, the ultimate healing vacation.