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Ginger

June 20th 2017


Ginger

With fabulous flavours and wonderful aromas the culinary benefits of herbs and spices are famous around the world. But unknown to most of us, there is more to herbs and spices than flavour. Because their antioxidant content can be higher than many other plant based foods, herbs and spices can make a valuable contribution to a balanced healthy diet.

In particular, scientific research suggests that Ginger not only makes your food taste great, but it may help to protect your health as well.

A Fabulous Flavour

Ginger is a tasty, tropical, aromatic spice traditionally used in Indian and Asian cooking. Derived from the ginger root, Ginger has a flavour many of us associate with holiday baking: earthy and pungent, with a zesty note of citrus. It is warming to taste.

Long cultivated by the ancient Chinese and Hindus, Ginger was one of the first Asian spices known in Europe. The Anglo-Saxons quickly realized its utility for making gingerbread, which was considered a gift of love and respect. The world of baked goods would be much less delicious without this spirited flavoring. Spice cake, ginger snaps, gingerbread and French pain d’epice all owe their heady aroma and flavor to dried Ginger.

Today, Ginger’s multi-faceted personality is being celebrated for its endless possibilities for sweet and savoury dishes. It has natural affinity with fruit, vegetables and meat, making it the perfect go-to for spicing up a glaze for salmon, carrots and sweet potatoes, or for adding a spicy edge to stir-fry.

The Secret of Ginger

But, Ginger is special for other reasons too. Did you know it has as many antioxidants as a 1/2 cup of spinach?

You may be comforted by the soothing smells of Ginger-spiked baked goods, yet you may not know that Ginger has a long history of other comforting properties. It has been a part of healing strategies in Asia, India, Europe, and the Middle East for centuries for treatment of such disorders as arthritis, stomach upset, asthma, diabetes, and menstrual irregularities, to name a few. Romans used it for medicinal purposes, and it is still thought to lessen seasickness and morning sickness.

Now modern medicine is attempting to validate the use of Ginger to ease indigestion and reduce pain. There is scientific support that Ginger may alleviate the symptoms of nausea and vomiting following pregnancy, surgery, cancer therapy, or motion sickness. Research suggests Ginger can reduce muscle pain caused by rigorous exercise.

The potential benefits may be due to anti-inflammatory properties of gingerol – one of the active ingredients in Ginger.

So, with a sprinkle here and a dash there, along with a pinch of creative flair, incorporate Ginger into your menu and product applications today. 

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