France: We could soon have Breton ginger

In Vildé-Guingalan, in the Côtes-d'Armor, Valentin Moricet plants exotic varieties of ginger that he wants to adapt to the Breton climate.

This 26-year-old farmer has set up a large garden on his farm that extends over several plots, a total of 8,000 m2, which he would like to expand.

While market gardening represents only 10% of its activity, Valentin offers herbs (40%) and edible flowers (50%). There are 104 different varieties in its greenhouses and in the ground. "There are 250 edible flowers, here I have 50 varieties," he explains.

With global warming, the market gardener wants to get ahead of the curve. He carried out tests with Breton ginger, which proved to be conclusive. The Vildéen product was even presented at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris in February. "Ginger provides from May to October. My idea is to do it without heating thanks to their adaptation to the Breton climate."

The cost of his project is estimated at €9,000, so he has set up an online kitty with a target of €3,500 for the first level. Two more will follow. The collection started off rather well with more than 60% of the target already achieved. The overall objective will be used to finance a 39-metre x 9-metre wide greenhouse.

In addition to this project, Valentin also grows turmeric from the Reunion Island, lemongrass from Madagascar and taro. A first peanut harvest is planned for the autumn. Different types of lemon trees also grow on his farm, as well as banana trees, mango trees or wasabi mephisto.


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