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The Secret Of...GINGER

Ginger (English)
Adharak (Hindi)
Ingi (Tamil)

Versatile Healing Herb:

An ancient Indian proverb states that everything good is found in ginger.

Ginger is a tropical species native to Asia. It is originated from Southeast Asia or China sometime in the 8th century.

Both ancient Hindu and Chinese people used ginger for its high medicinal qualities.

Ginger was used in ancient times as a food preservative and to help treat digestive problems.

How it is Grown?

Ginger is gnarled, bumpy fibrous root with smooth glossy light brown skin. The flesh of the root is white.

Ginger Plant is a 30 – 60 cm tall tropical plant.

Ginger is a clump of flattish hand like shapes with slim roots growing downwards from the ginger plant and the leaf-bearing stems growing upwards above the ground. The flowers are at the base of the plant, hidden by the leaves.

It takes about nine months to reach maturity. Following the appearance of the flowers, the tops begin to die, leaving the ginger rhizomes ready to harvest.

Interesting Facts:

Jamaican ginger is considered to be the best of all.

In 800 AD ginger ranked second to pepper as a spice for centuries.

Greeks would eat ginger wrapped in bread to treat digestive problems. Eventually ginger was added to the bread dough creating that wonderful treat many around the globe love today: gingerbread .

When selecting gingerroot, choose robust firm roots with a spicy fragrance and smooth skin. Length is a sign of maturity, and mature root will be hotter and more fibrous.

Keep in mind that fresh ginger, much like garlic, mellows with cooking, and turns bitter if you burn it.

Goodness:

Stomach Tonic:

Whether you've got heartburn, abdominal cramps or a queasy stomach, a soothing cup of ginger is the herbalist's stomach remedy of choice. Ginger contains compounds similar to the digestive enzymes found in your digestive tract, which may help you digest a heavy, protein-rich meal more easily.

Cold & Cough:

If you feel a cold or sore throat coming on, try sipping on ginger tea throughout the day. In India, ginger has traditionally been used to treat cough, colds and flu.

Modern studies confirm that ginger helps kill the influenza virus and helps the immune system wage war on infection.

Nausea & Vomiting:

Ginger ale eventually stemmed from a ginger beer made by the English and Colonial America as a remedy for diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Refresher:

Ginger is a mood enhancer, the Cineole present in ginger helps provide stress relief. It is a great mouth freshener and ginger tea is known for its refreshing properties.

Lowers Cholesterol:

Studies suggest that ginger can be useful in keeping cholesterol levels under control.

Morning Sickness:

Ginger is a time-tested remedy for morning sickness; generations of expectant moms have found that a cup of ginger tea first thing in the morning can make breakfast a whole lot more appealing.

In fact, studies show it's even more effective than the prescription drugs.

How can you enjoy?

Ginger comes in many forms including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized (or candied) and powdered or ground.

Ginger tea: Slice some ginger root, put it in a tea ball and place in a teapot. Pour boiling water over the tea ball and let it sit for ten minutes. Sweeten with honey or drink it straight.

Ginger noodle soup is healthy and tasty. Try Ginger pickle with curd rice.

Sweets including cakes, cookies, breads and beverages can be flavored with ginger.

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