South Africans have flocked to the stores in search of the popular root ginger, with its healing properties, people are creating mixtures to help boost their immune systems.

A midst this, ginger has become scarce and expensive, with prices for the popular root more than doubling over the last six months.

Wholesale ginger in a 10 kilogram box now costs an average of R400 per kilogram,

People on social media have posted pictures of packets of ginger where prices have increased.