What part of the ginger plant do you eat. Leaves & Shoots Although not as commonly used as the root, the leaves and shoots of ginger are edible. They are mainly used as a flavorful garnish much as you would use chopped chives or green onions, rather than eaten on their own. To use the leaves or shoots, chop them finely and sprinkle a small portion over a dish before you serve it or add it just at the end of cooking. The shoots and leaves have a mild ginger flavor.