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Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) Cut and Sifted Bulk
Zingiberaceae (Ginger Family)
The genus name Zingiber and common name ginger derive from the ancient Greek word for the plant, zingiberi, which is itself thought to be of Indo-Aryan origin and possibly to mean "shaped like a horn."
Range of Appearance
Ginger, native to tropical eastern Asia, is a perennial with long green stalks that can grow to 4 feet in height and long, narrow, alternate leaves. The greenish, yellow, or white flowers are streaked with purple and are borne on short, dense spikes. The root is a creeping tuber with several fingerlike protrusions and a pale skin that turns brownish upon drying; it is commonly sold in grocery stores. The plant thrives in partial shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. In gardens in temperate climates, the plant will need to be brought indoors when the cold weather begins. Do not confuse ginger with wild ginger (Asarum canadensis), which is unrelated.
Ginger root is a popular spice that adds a pungent, warming quality to dishes. Slices of pickled ginger are often served with sushi, while candied ginger is a popular snack. The leaves are also sometimes used as a flavoring agent. As a tea ginger root is aromatic with a pleasant zesty bite. The flowers can also be made into a tea with a similarly spicy but milder flavor.
Sulfur, protein, proteolytic enzyme (zingibain), bisabolenel, oleoresins, starch, essential oils (zingiberene, zingiberole, gingerols, shogoal, camphene, cineol, borneol, citral), acetic acid, mucilage
Although ginger can relieve morning sickness, pregnant women should not ingest more than 1 gram daily. Avoid in cases of peptic ulcers, hyperacidity, or other hot, inflammatory conditions. Avoid excessive amounts of ginger in cases of acne, eczema, or herpes. Ginger may cause adverse reactions when used in combination with anticoagulant drugs such as Coumadin or aspirin; if you are using such medications, seek the advice of a qualified health-care practitioner before commencing use of ginger.
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