Ginger is a here whose native land is China and India. It plays a significant role in Chinese medication for many years. Even in the writings of Confucius ‘benefits of ginger’ mentioned which completely tells about the pretense of the herb at that time. Even in Koran (holy book of Muslims), there is a description for ginger which shows its benefits were known to the world as far back as 650 A.D. It was found in Western Europe in Ninth-century and thus, earliest spice there.
Also, an article of Renaissance and medieval, it was said that they use ginger for the treatment of plague. In the nineteenth century, English barkeepers used to put out the small containers of ground ginger for people as they use for a sprinkle in the beer. Even in past time, Sussex farmers apply a pinch of ginger to the backside of the animal’s backside to ‘gee up’ lazy horse.
Ginger is a stem which grows underground. As have multiple benefits, so ginger is been used in India, Some Asian countries and Arabic countries for years. In China, Ginger is used for the treatment of upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea. Also, it aid digestion and that is the reason they are going to use it for around 2,000 years.
Different Faces of Ginger
The root of ginger is the Rhizome and you can find it in different forms and some of the most common are here below:
Whole Raw Roots- These are usually referred to as a fresh ginger. Simply, a piece of rhizome is called hand and the interior of this is of pale yellow color. The skin color varies as it can be off-white-brown. The best variety of the ginger is Jamaican ginger which is of the pale buff. Indian and African ginger has comparatively darker skin and is inferior. Kenya Ginger is an exception of that.
Whole Fresh Roots- These are the best option for the taste lovers as it is helpful to provide the freshest taste. Its roots are collected and the shipped when they are still immature. Also, his outer skin of the root is of green color. In oriental markets, these can be found but sometimes.
Dried Roots- As the name suggest they are found from dried root and its color is black along with skin which is left on or if the color is white then the skin is peeled off. You can have them even sliced or whole.
Ginger Powder- This spice is of Buff color which can be getting from the dried root of the herb.
Stem or Preserve Ginger- The young roots of the herb are used to prepare this. The roots are collected then peeled and sliced. Now, these are cooked in heavy sugar syrup. In a can put them together and as a result, you will get pulpy soft pieces but are spicy as well as hot.
Crystallized Ginger- It is also cooked in sugar syrup, now dry in air and rolled down in sugar.
Pickled Ginger- Take the root of the plant and have thin paper slices of it. Add the slices in vinegar. In Japan, the pickle is known with a name Gari which is used with sushi. They used to serve it to refresh the palate between courses.
How to Looks
Ginger is a thick, knotted and also rhizome (underground stem). It grows around 12 inches above the ground and the leaves of the plant are narrow, long, ribbed and green. It has white or yellowish green flowers. The active components of the ginger root are considered pungent phenol compounds and volatile oils.
Names and Family- The scientific name of the herb is Zingiber Officinale. It is also known with another name “Amomum Zingiber”. The family of the ginger is “Zingiberaceae”. Its name is taken from the Sanskrit word is “Stringa Vera” which means ‘having a body like a horn’.
Ginger Health Benefits
Ginger has the ability to treat arthritis, diarrhea and colic and cardiac problems. Along with these health benefits, it is helpful to provide flavor to the food and, it is used to prepare food. There are some of the well-known benefits of ginger such as the treatment of cold, relief from menstruation periods, headache, and flu. Its native land in Asia and which is fertile, tropical, the moist land for the growth of this wonderful herb.
As the herb is very beneficial for both health and taste but some of the most important ones are mentioned below:
Motion Sickness- Many of the recent surveys conclude that ginger is very effective for lessening the symptoms of motion sicknesses compared to placebo. There was a test done over the 80 people, people who were suffering from motion sickness when dosed with ginger powder found very fewer symptoms of cold sweating and vomiting as compared to those who have given a placebo.
Even health volunteers presented the same results too. It not only reduces the symptom to the problem but also is able to treat it well. Also, after having medication you can have some of the side effects like dry mouth or in some cases drowsiness but if you took the help of ginger then you are completely free from all these symptoms.
Nausea and Vomiting after Pregnancy- If a woman having vomiting or nausea associated with pregnancy. She has to do a simple thing that she has to take a gram of ginger on the daily basis. It should be taken at short period means for 4 days. Many studies said that as compared to placebo ginger is more effective in providing relief from nausea and vomiting.
Some Culinary Uses
In Asian and Oriental cookery, fresh ginger is a necessary item. They use it in pickles, curry pastes, chutneys and also as a ground dried root which is an essential element for many curry powders. You can also have it as a salad as for that take tender ginger and have slices of it. The preserved ginger is eaten as confection, puddings and for cakes.