A traditional Okinawan staple, according to the NIH, "may contribute to longevity among the population in Okinawa. This is supported by its abundant phytochemical content, with antioxidant and anti-obesity properties. Shell ginger is a plant broadly used in the traditional Okinawan cuisine and as a traditional herbal medicine. Its bioactive phytochemicals have been identified, isolated from the crude plant, synthetized, and characterized in detail.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5852742/ Easy to grow, cold hardy and drought tolerant. We've carried these mothers around for 10 years. They've always been neglected, frozen, sunbaked and bone dry. We've finally decided to propagate them and offer the babies to you!