Product: Fairtrade Organic Ground Ginger
Latin Name: Zingiber officinale
Plant Family: Zingiberaceae
Other Names: African Ginger, Canton Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Jengibre, Gingembre, Ingwer, Ingefara, Sang Keong, Sheng Jian, Shunthi, Saunth, Singabera, Zenzero, Zanjabeel & Zinzeberis.
Description: Ginger is an herbaceous perennial herb native to tropical Asia, though not found growing in the wild, and now cultivated in Latin America and Africa; it grows to a height of 1-1.5 metres. The alternate leaves are long, lanceolate in shape and dark glossy green in colour with a centre midrib and 10-20cm in length. The flowers are produced on green coloured bracts which often appear before the leaves, the flowers are yellowy-green in colour with purple lips and creamy blotches. Ginger is grown primarily for its aromatic rhizomes which are harvested and used in a variety of ways.
Interesting Fact: Ancient Chinese herbal texts attributed to the philosopher Confucius form around 550 B.C. mention the medicinal uses of ginger. By the 11th century A.D. ginger was firmly established as a medicine and as a culinary ingredient in European kitchens and apothecary shops available to those who could afford it. By the late 16th century the spice was well established amongst the Elizabethans, John Gerard in his book ‘The History of Plants’ wrote of ginger ‘… it is of an heating and digesting qualitie, and is profitable for the stomacke, and effectually opposeth it selfe against all darkness of the sight; answering the qualities and effects of pepper’.
Ingredients: Ground dried rhizomes of Zingiber officinale.
Allergy Advice: Ginger contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USEGinger is a store cupboard essential that lends itself to use in both savoury and sweet dishes. It is a popular spice in Asian cuisine; and can be added to soups, curries, jams, pickles, puddings, biscuits, breads and scones. Stir into marinades, dressings, sauces and dips. It works particularly well with chicken and fish and blends well with fruit and vegetable dishes. Ginger powder can be used to make the classic drink ginger beer; it can also be made into a tea to help relieve dyspepsia.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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