Ginger

Description

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Ginger is the dried knobby shaped root of the perennial herb Zingiber officinale. The plant grows two to three feet tall. Once the leaves of the plant die, the thick roots, about 6 inches long, are dug up. Crystallized Ginger is fresh gingerroot cooked in syrup and dried.

Uses

Ginger is used in Indian curries, and Chinese, Japanese, and European spice blends.

Origins

China and India are the principal sources of Ginger. Crystallized Ginger is imported from Australia.

Folklore

During the 15th century, gingerbread became a gift of love and respect. In the 1800's, Ginger was commonly sprinkled on top of beer or ale, then stirred into the drink with a hot poker - thus the invention of gingerale.

Quick Facts

Ginger Whole Whole Cochin Ginger
Ginger Crystalized Crystalized Ginger
Ginger Ground Ground Ginger

Color

Ground - light bone to tan

Crystallized - amber

Flavor & Aroma

Pungent and aromatic

Sensory Profile

The flavor of Ginger is characterized by its unique combination of lemon/citrus, soapy and musty/earthy flavor notes. It is warming to taste.
Health Research
: MSI Funded
Scientists from The University of California investigated the effect of consumption of a hamburger cooked with a polyphenol-rich spice mixture on postprandial lipid oxidation and endothelial dysfunction in men with Type 2 diabetes.
Scientists from The University of Florida and The Pennsylvania State University conducted research on the bioavailability of herbs and spices in humans
An overview of the potential health benefits of ginger by Dr. Keith Singletary.

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