THE SPICE ROUTE

Ginger is a popular spice. Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. Ginger, a thick underground stem that sprouts roots and shoots. Each ginger plant can grow up to three feet high and produce 2-5 sections of ginger, which can be harvested year-round. After a ginger root is broken off from the main plant it is washed and dried in the sun. Once dried, it can be used for cooking or medicinal purposes.
The sharp bite of raw fresh ginger comes from gingerol, an aromatic compound that transforms into the sweeter zingerone when heated or dried, making ginger an especially versatile ingredient. Dried ginger requires less prep work to flavor dishes. It’s simply added to baked goods such as gingerbread, gingersnaps, pumpkin pie, and savory preparations like lentil. Ginger is also sold crystallized and candied.
Ground ginger is the dried, powdered form of the ginger rhizome and has less gingerol than the fresh kind. Since they contain different flavor compounds, ground ginger and fresh ginger is not good substitutes for each other. Shelf-stable dried ginger is popular in baked goods, especially when paired with other warming spices, like cinnamon, while fresh ginger adds its vibrant spiciness to countless Asian dishes.

3 Ways to Use Fresh Ginger

Fresh ginger can be incorporated into dishes in a number of different ways:

• Whole, unpeeled ginger is added to water and other cooking liquids to flavor soups and rice.
• Pickled ginger is used as a condiment in Japanese and Indian cuisine.
• Minced ginger flavors fried rice and stir-fries, marinades.
• Smashed ginger can be made into chutney or smashed together with garlic to form the base of Indian dishes, such as chana masala.

Why is Ginger good for humans?

Ginger has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in India. People have used ginger in cooking and medicine since ancient times. It is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach pain, and other health issues. Antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection. Researchers have also studied its potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems. Ginger’s effects on the gasses that form in the intestinal tract during digestion. Enzymes in ginger can help the body break up and expel this gas, providing relief from any discomfort. Ginger can help alleviate morning sickness and relieve nausea. Many people use ginger to help recover from a cold or the flu. Ginger extract may help with cardiovascular disease. One review found that a dosage of 5 g or more can cause significant, beneficial anti-platelet activity. Ginger is high in Gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger Can Help With Osteoarthritis. It also boosts immune system. You can make ginger tea to boost immunity.