My Ginger Has Mold: Should I Throw It Out?

Ginger is a great vegetable, but a little goes a long way, and this often leads to people finding that their ginger has developed mold spots. You might be wondering if you can cut these off and use the rest.

You should avoid using ginger that has turned moldy, even if it is only a little moldy. It is likely to make you sick, and it also will not have a good flavor, because it will have started to decay. It may make the rest of the food taste spoiled. It’s best to discard old ginger and buy fresh if you’ve seen mold spots.

In this article, we’re going to explore what happens if you try to use old ginger, and how to store ginger to ensure it lasts as well as possible and doesn’t turn moldy.

Can You Use Moldy Ginger?


No, you should not use ginger that shows spots of mold on its surface. These are likely to appear on the edge that you have cut, so closely inspect this edge before using any ginger that has been stored for a few days. If you try to use up ginger that has spoiled, you may find that:

  • You get stomach cramps as a result of consuming mold spores
  • You get diarrhea, vomiting, or other symptoms of food poisoning
  • Your food tastes boring, because the ginger has lost its fiery flavor
  • Your food tastes of decay, because the mold in the ginger has spread and contaminated the rest of the meal

It is best not to use ginger that is moldy or even ginger that is on the turn. It is unlikely that you will get serious food poisoning from using spoiled ginger, but in some cases, you could end up in the hospital, so it’s best not to risk even a small chance of this.

You should therefore throw away any ginger that you find mold spots on. These may be white, green, or blue, but whatever color, get rid of the root. It doesn’t matter how small they are, and it doesn’t matter if you cut that area off; the ginger should not be used. If there is visible mold in one spot, there is likely to be invisible mold forming in others.

What Are The Other Signs Of Moldy Ginger?

If you aren’t sure whether you’re seeing a mold spot and you want other indications about whether the ginger is still okay to use, you can check how firm the ginger is. Ginger should be hard and brittle, with very little pliancy. If you squeeze it, it should resist under your fingers.

If the ginger is mushy and gives away easily, this suggests that its cell walls have started to break down and it is losing its structure. Do not eat it in this case, but throw it away and get some fresh ginger.

Secondly, smell the ginger. If it has a sour or unpleasant smell, it will need to be thrown away. This may be harder to detect with ginger than with some other vegetables, but coupled with mold spots or squishiness, it’s a sign that the ginger is no longer edible.

Sometimes, you’ll see the cut edge of the ginger turn darker, and this suggests that it will go off soon. It might still be okay for another day or two, but it will need to be used up fast. Dark brown or black spots indicate that it has gone off.

Ginger that is kept on the counter or in a cool cupboard will only last for a few days, but if you store ginger correctly, you can make it last for weeks or even months – so let’s explore how to do this next.

How Do You Keep Ginger In The Fridge?

Storing ginger in the fridge can massively increase its lifespan, and may make it last for as much as a month if it is very fresh when you buy it. It will keep better if it is unpeeled and unsliced, too. Once opened, it will need to be used up within about a week or two.

You should put ginger in an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag, and place it in your fridge’s crisper drawer. Don’t cut it open until you need to, and then aim to use the rest of it up within a couple of weeks if possible. Always check if it’s still okay before using it.

Don’t keep cut ginger out in the open, as it will go off very quickly. You may see liquid leaking from it, alongside the other signs of decay mentioned above. Cut or peeled ginger needs to be chilled to slow the bacterial growth.

How Do You Keep Ginger In The Freezer?

If you only use ginger occasionally, putting it in the freezer is the best storage option, and this will help it to keep for far longer, even once it has been peeled. You will need to keep it in an airtight container or bag once you have removed the skin, however, so it’s best to leave it unpeeled if possible.

All you need to do is place the ginger in a container and put it in the freezer. Even loose ginger can be stored in the freezer as long as it hasn’t been peeled, although it will keep better if you put it in a container or bag.

You don’t need to thaw the ginger before you can use it either; simply grate or slice it as you would do with defrosted ginger, and use it cold. It will defrost very quickly. A whole thumb of ginger should last for around 5 months in the freezer, or even longer.


If your ginger has got mold spots developing on it, you will need to throw that piece away and start again. Do not try to cut the moldy area off and use the rest, as there is a risk that this will make you sick. Instead, get some fresh ginger and store it in your fridge or freezer to keep it fresh for as long as possible.

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