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Articles: Ginger;   Ginger Field Report, India


Ginger Root

Ginger is a plant native to Asia. The warm, pungent, fragrant rhizome (enlarged underground stem) of this plant is used as a spice, either fresh or dried and powdered. Ginger oil is also used in fruit flavorings and perfumes. Ginger may be also be candied or pickled, and used to make tea and wine.

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.

Research has shown that ginger is more effective than Dramamine in combating motion sickness.

Ginger derives its name from a Sanskrit word meaning horn-shaped or horn root.

Gingerbread Man

From as early as the sixth century, B.C., people have used ginger for a variety of purposes. In ancient times, it was thought to have healing properties.

During the Middle Ages, European ladies of the royal courts presented ginger to their knights prior to jousts. The ginger was meant to bring the knights luck.

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 ginger ale.


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