Ginger

Ginger Ginger is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant from the Zingiberaceae family and widely used as a flavoring agent in many foods. Ginger grows widely in Southern China, SE Asia, West and East Africa, the Caribbean and India. Other plants related to the ginger family include cardamom, turmeric and galangal. Ginger has a distinct flavor and when used in small amounts can enhance the taste of food. However, when ginger is used in large amount it does have adverse effects and can even interact with some medications, especially blood thinners. Ginger is used in many food recipes including soups, meats, and even desserts. Ginger has an aromatic and pungent taste flavor and is frequently used to enhance the taste of Chinese and Indian foods. Because ginger is available fresh all year round in Asia and India, it is commonly used in many foods. In health food stores ginger is available as a dried powder and even as a paste. When possible it is important to buy the fresh ginger because it has superior taste and also has remarkable health benefits. Fresh ginger is available as young or ripe. The mature or ripe variety has tough skin, which requires peeling, whereas the immature ginger does not need to be peeled. Ginger is readily available in most food stores in North America. The fresh ginger can be stored in the fridge for 14-21 days as long as it is unpeeled. In the freezer it may last 4-6 months. Dried ginger powder once opened should be kept in a tight container to retain the flavor, or it can be stored in the refrigerator where it has a shelf life of 9-12 months. For subtle flavor, ginger should be added at the start of cooking; if added at the end of cooking; the taste is pungent and aromatic. Today ginger is also used to enhance the taste of citrus juices and even sparkled water. It can be combined with almost any other spice and can also be used to marinate meat. An added benefit of ginger is that it does have some health benefits including relief from nausea and common cold.

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    Ginger is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant from the Zingiberaceae family and widely used as a flavoring agent in many

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