How to know if ginger is spoiled? (3 easy methods)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to know if ginger is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying spoiled ginger and the potential side effects of eating spoiled ginger.

How to know if ginger is spoiled?

When you grasp fresh ginger, it should feel hard and firm; if it is moist and mushy when you touch it, it is spoiled. It’s also a sign that your ginger has gone bad if the flesh becomes dark yellow or grey from light yellow. If the taste of ginger feels lost and it smells unpleasant then it means ginger is spoiled. Spoiled ginger has a moldy appearance which is a clear indication of spoilage. 


Ginger is a flowering plant with a Southeast Asian origin. It’s one of the world’s healthiest (and most flavorful) spices. It is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, which includes turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. 

The rhizome (an underground portion of the stem) is the component of the plant that is most often used as a spice. It’s also known as ginger root or just ginger. It is also used as folk medicine. 

Fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, ginger can be utilized in a variety of ways. It’s a widely used ingredient in cooking. It’s sometimes used in cosmetics and processed meals.

There are few easy ways to tell if ginger is spoiled or not.


Ginger has a hard texture. It feels firm to touch. If you feel ginger soft and mushy then it means that it is spoiled. It should be dry, thick, and solid as well. It’s time to throw the ginger if it feels mushy, hollow, or wet without being peeled. Sometimes it also gets too dry if it is old.


Ginger’s skin is light brown, therefore there should be no bruising, black stains, or moldy white areas. Your ginger has most likely gone spoiled if it has become a dark yellow or grey color. Discoloration appears on it. Spoiled ginger shows brownish spots on its surface which means ginger is spoiled.

Moldy Ginger:

Mold may also affect the ginger root. Mold generally occurs where you’ve previously chopped off sections of ginger and exposed the root’s flesh. It comes in a range of hues, such as white, black, and green. Any color that isn’t brown, yellow, or tan should be avoided. Discard any spoiled ginger.


Take a bite out of the ginger that looks safe to eat. Most people are familiar with the unpleasant flavor of ginger. if Ginger has the flavor and odor of decaying ginger. It will taste bitter, nasty, and sour, and you will feel compelled to throw it out.

If the ginger turns bitter in any way, don’t consume it. It should be discarded immediately.

Nutritional value:

1 tablespoon of fresh ginger has:

· 4.8 calories

· 1.07 grams (g) of carbohydrate

· .12 g of dietary fiber

· .11 g of protein

· .05 g fat

· .1 g of sugar

Vitamins and minerals present in fresh ginger in trace amounts:

· Vitamin B3 and B6

· Iron

· Potassium

· Vitamin C 

· Magnesium

· Phosphorus

· Zinc

· Folate

· Riboflavin

· Niacin

Shelf life of ginger:

Fresh ginger can last up to 1 week at room temperature and 1 month in the fridge. In the freezer, it can stay fresh for up to 3 months. Chopped ginger lasts for one week and ginger paste stays fresh for 1 month to 3 months. 

Side effects of eating spoiled ginger:

You might become ill if you consume rotting ginger. If you consume rotting ginger, you’re likely to get just the most typical food borne illnesses, as if mold, fungus, and deadly insects weren’t there. 

Fever/Chills, Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea, vomiting, and other frequent foodborne illnesses include the following. You are prone to get parasitic illnesses if the lettuce becomes infected, and it is recommended that you consult a doctor right away.

Doctors may prescribe probiotics and advise you to eat soft foods in the hopes of curing your illnesses.


In this blog, we discussed a great deal about the spoilage of ginger. Ginger shows a moldy appearance and feels wet to touch. It absorbs moisture and becomes soft. Ginger has a firm and hard texture but the spoiled ginger becomes soft and mushy. We also discussed its nutritional contents. 

It contains carbohydrates, proteins and many other trace elements. It is beneficial for health. The shelf life of ginger is about 1 week to 3 months depending on its temperature. 

I hope you have found this article helpful. If you have any questions or queries, then feel free to comment below. Thank you! 


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.