Ginger has been used worldwide as a therapeutic remedy for thousands of years, as well as being a popular ingredient in many dishes with its aromatic, pungent and spicy flavour.
What are the benefits of Ginger?
1. Perfect in tea
Drinking ginger tea is a great way to keep warm, especially during the colder winter months. For homemade ginger tea, slice some fresh ginger and steep in a cup of hot water. Adding lemon and honey is delicious too! This tea can be a soothing beverage for sore throats and can help boost immunity.
2. delicious in savory dishes
Ginger can be chopped up into fine pieces and added to many different savory dishes such as curries and stir-fries. It is also a great accompaniment to garlic and soy sauce in marinades for meat, fish or tofu.
3. Yummy natural sweets
Ginger can be dried or crystalised to make yummy confectionary. These can be eaten on their own, or added into cake mixes.
4. May relieve nausea
Ginger may aid in the relief of nausea and motion sickness. This can be taken as a tea or in a dried form.
5. Powdered ginger
When using ginger powder with cooking, this form is more easily dispersed and is able to withstand higher cooking temperatures without compromising the flavour of the dish. It also easy to keep and lasts long.
The ginger root is part of the 'Zingiberaceae' family, alongside cardamom & turmeric. It is most commonly grown in India, Jamaica, Indonesia and Australia. Ginger can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried, crystalised, juiced or in oil form.