I have two beautiful ginger roots (rhizomes) which I had planned to turn into gari (pickled ginger). But I also have two children and the ever-changing schedule that goes with this. So the ginger sat in a bowl for a while, waiting.
While Wikipedia states that the rhizome
...it is immediately scalded, or washed and scraped, to kill it and prevent sprouting.
mine obviously weren't and appear to have gotten spring fever and started to sprout:
Now, I could put them in a planter, let them grow and harvest in fall when they start to wither, but before I sneakingly sell them to hubby as the latest addition of our ever-growing collection of plants I'm wondering:
Can I use sprouting ginger? Just like regular/dormant ginger? Or is there something to keep in mind?
My main focus is on the culinary aspect: While sprouted ginger isn't toxic, I'm wondering whether it requires special or different preparation, how to handle the sprouts, and do sprouting ("growing") and mature ("dormant") ginger taste differently in dishes.
(Should I decide to plant my ginger, I will ask the guys over at Gardening SE for advice, if required...)