We all know and love ginger in our food and drink, but how much do we really know about it? Here at CH’I, we think its a wonder herb with incredible flavour and benefits. Let’s learn more…
What is ginger?
Ginger is the root from a flowering plant in the Zingiberaceae family. The root has been grown and used for centuries in Asian countries, both for use as a culinary and medicinal herb. The known use of ginger dates as far back as 5000 years ago! It’s commonly known for its unique sharp flavor and aroma, as well as numerous believed health benefits.
Ginger has been used for its medicinal properties in many traditions and cultures all around the world. Ancient texts from Rome, Greece, China, and the Middle East all highlight the useful qualities and benefits of ginger. It contains bioactive compounds which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It is prevalent in Asian medicine as a remedy for stomach disorders- such as nausea, general aches and indigestion. It’s safe for pregnant women to consume, which makes it a wonderful solution for morning sickness related nausea.
The root is believed to help aid with the body’s natural digestive functions. A natural component of ginger, called gingerol, aids with the gastrointestinal movement and prevents food from lingering in the gut. A regular and consistently moving digestive system is a healthy one!
Culinary use of ginger
In addition to its medicinal properties, ginger is also commonly used as a culinary herb in food from around the world. It’s extremely prevalent in Asian cuisine, particularly in dishes like stir-fries and curries. Just by including a teaspoon of the root, diced up or sliced, it adds a layer of complexity to any dish!
Ginger is diverse, not only is it used to accompany savoury dishes and flavours- it works great with sweet ones too! You can find it in the gingerbread men at your local bakery, a classic gingernut biscuit, or in our Spiced Ginger drink. We combine the flavour of ginger with cardamom which creates a warming yet refreshing flavour. It works well with lots of different flavours, the world of ginger has no end!
With the variety of use and health benefits of ginger , it’s no wonder why many cultures and traditions have used the root in medicines and foods for centuries!