Ginger

Ingredients

  • Organic and Fair Trade Ginger

Origin​

  • Sri Lanka

Form

  • Powder

Certification

  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • All Year

Background

  • Ginger is probably one of the most versatile, globally used, dual-use plants. Today, ginger is used as a spice and as a medicinal substance globally. Historically, native to the tropics of Southeast Asia, ginger has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. Ginger comes from the rhizomes, the fleshy roots, of the Zingiberaceae family with over 50 different varietals (the most common one used for food is Zingiber Officinale).  Ancient medical texts indicate that along with culinary uses, it was used in teas, baths, and compresses. The Romans introduced this spice to Europe, and by the middle ages, it rivaled pepper in popularity. While it is an essential ingredient in East, South East, and South Asian cuisine, it also found its way into many dishes on other continents. Of course, Ginger contributes to wonderful candies & cookies, the stomach calming benefits of ginger ale, and one of the world’s best adult libations, Bermuda’s dark & stormy.

Cooking

  • Our organic ginger (zingiber officinale roscoe), ground from the dried ginger root, provides the robust, warm flavor and distinctive aroma that has made the spice popular for both sweet (think gingerbread and pumpkin bread) and savory (think stir-fry) dishes in cuisines around the world. Ground or powdered, it's a convenient form for baked foods, curries, and chutneys and for sprinkling on applesauce and other cooked fruit and vegetable dishes. Ginger also lends its warm, spicy flavor to condiments, relishes, sauces, pickles, beverages, candies and all types of desserts.

Cultural​

  • Different uses and preparations of Ginger are part of countries ranging from Japan (pickled as shoga commonly eaten with sushi), Korea (ingredient for many Kimchis), China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, etc.(where it is used as a spicy ingredient in a variety of dishes), Europe (ginger ale & gingerbread cookies), to the Caribbean (especially in Jamaica, where it is used for ginger beer). Many of these uses have been adopted over centuries and now become representative of the local culture.

​Spiritual

Medicinal​

  • The medicinal uses of ginger are widely known and been used for thousands of years. Ginger is the global go-to-plant to alleviate nausea, motion sickness. The many bioactive components of ginger with remarkable pharmacological and physiological activities that are still not fully understood. Needless to say, there are plenty of warnings and doubts about traditional western medicine. However, in the Indian medical approach of Ayurveda (one of the oldest medical systems), ginger plays the role of a super-medicine.

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