Spice Up Your Cooking And Life With Ginger
Ginger is one of most frequently used spices, along with onion and garlic, in exquisite cuisines known all over the world. Most famous foods made from ginger are ginger bread, ginger snaps (cookies), ginger cake and ginger sticks. It is also prepared as a drink like ginger tea, ginger beer, and ginger ale. These are just few, there are myriad of food and drinks we derived much pleasure from which we owe to this famous and extra-ordinary herb, ginger.
Lots of people presumed that ginger is a root, but it is actually an underground stem or a rhizome. The ginger stem which is knotted, thick, beige in color extends to about 12 inches above the ground with long, narrow, ribbed, green leaves and white or yellowish-green flowers. Since ginger is commonly called a root and not stem, we will stick with ginger as a root, to avoid confusion.
Ginger is native to India and China. It usually grows in fertile, moist, tropical soil. It takes its name from the Sanskrit word stringa-vera, which means “with a body like a horn.” The important active components of the ginger root are thought to be volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds (such as gingerols and shogaols).
Ginger is available in many forms. Most common of which are: