It is a perennial reed -like plant with annual leafy stems, about a meter 3 to 4 feet tall. Traditionally, the rhizome is gathered when the stalk withers ; it is immediately scalded , or washed and scraped, to kill it and prevent sprouting.
The fragrant perisperm of the Zingiberaceae is used as sweetmeats by Bantu , and also as a condiment and sialagogue.
In , global production of ginger was 3. Nigeria , China , and Indonesia also had substantial production. Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.
They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger herb tea , to which honey may be added.
Ginger can be made into candy or ginger wine. Mature ginger rhizomes are fibrous and nearly dry. The juice from ginger roots is often used as a seasoning in Indian recipes and is a common ingredient of Chinese , Korean , Japanese , Vietnamese , and many South Asian cuisines for flavoring dishes such as seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes.
Fresh ginger can be substituted for ground ginger at a ratio of six to one, although the flavors of fresh and dried ginger are somewhat different.
Powdered dry ginger root is typically used as a flavoring for recipes such as gingerbread , cookies , crackers and cakes, ginger ale , and ginger beer.
Candied ginger, or crystallized ginger, is the root cooked in sugar until soft, and is a type of confectionery. Fresh ginger may be peeled before eating.
For longer-term storage, the ginger can be placed in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen. In Indian cuisine, ginger is a key ingredient, especially in thicker gravies, as well as in many other dishes, both vegetarian and meat-based.
Ginger also has a role in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is an ingredient in traditional Indian drinks, both cold and hot, including spiced masala chai.
Fresh ginger is one of the main spices used for making pulse and lentil curries and other vegetable preparations. Fresh ginger together with peeled garlic cloves is crushed or ground to form ginger garlic masala.
Fresh, as well as dried, ginger is used to spice tea and coffee, especially in winter. In south India, "sambharam" is a summer yogurt drink made with ginger as a key ingredient, along with green chillies, salt and curry leaves.
Ginger powder is used in food preparations intended primarily for pregnant or nursing women, the most popular one being katlu , which is a mixture of gum resin, ghee , nuts, and sugar.
Ginger is also consumed in candied and pickled form. It is made into a candy called shoga no sato zuke. In the traditional Korean kimchi , ginger is either finely minced or just juiced to avoid the fibrous texture and added to the ingredients of the spicy paste just before the fermenting process.
In Burma , ginger is called gyin. It is widely used in cooking and as a main ingredient in traditional medicines. It is consumed as a salad dish called gyin-thot , which consists of shredded ginger preserved in oil, with a variety of nuts and seeds.
In Indonesia , a beverage called wedang jahe is made from ginger and palm sugar. Indonesians also use ground ginger root, called jahe , as a common ingredient in local recipes.
In Malaysia , ginger is called halia and used in many kinds of dishes, especially soups. Called luya in the Philippines , ginger is a common ingredient in local dishes and is brewed as a tea called salabat.
In China, sliced or whole ginger root is often paired with savory dishes such as fish, and chopped ginger root is commonly paired with meat, when it is cooked.
Candied ginger is sometimes a component of Chinese candy boxes, and a herbal tea can be prepared from ginger.
In the Caribbean , ginger is a popular spice for cooking and for making drinks such as sorrel , a drink made during the Christmas season.
Jamaicans make ginger beer both as a carbonated beverage and also fresh in their homes. Ginger tea is often made from fresh ginger, as well as the famous regional specialty Jamaican ginger cake.
The people of Corfu and the rest of the Ionian islands adopted the drink from the British, during the period of the United States of the Ionian Islands.
In Western cuisine , ginger is traditionally used mainly in sweet foods such as ginger ale , gingerbread , ginger snaps , parkin , and speculaas.
A ginger-flavored liqueur called Canton is produced in Jarnac , France. Ginger wine is a ginger-flavored wine produced in the United Kingdom, traditionally sold in a green glass bottle.
Ginger is also used as a spice added to hot coffee and tea. Myoga Zingiber mioga 'Roscoe' appears in Japanese cuisine ; the flower buds are the part eaten.
Another plant in the Zingiberaceae family, galangal, is used for similar purposes as ginger in Thai cuisine.
Galangal is also called Thai ginger, fingerroot Boesenbergia rotunda , Chinese ginger, or the Thai krachai. A dicotyledonous native species of eastern North America, Asarum canadense , is also known as " wild ginger ", and its root has similar aromatic properties, but it is not related to true ginger.
The plant contains aristolochic acid , a carcinogenic compound. In addition, some patients have developed certain types of cancers, most often occurring in the urinary tract.
If consumed in reasonable quantities, ginger has few negative side effects. Evidence that ginger helps alleviate nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy or pregnancy is inconsistent.
Allergic reactions to ginger generally result in a rash. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the plant.
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