India/ China/ Nigeria
Product: Ginger, Ground
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: Did you know that Elizabeth I was fond of ginger as a means of helping to rid herself of bouts of wind? According that is, to Lord Fairfax who left behind a manuscript in 1640 documenting 3,000 years of the way his family used herbs and spices for medicine. Insidet he manuscript is a recipe for ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Famous Powder for Wind’ which contained ground ginger as its primary ingredient along with cinnamon, galingale, aniseed, caraway, fennel, mace and nutmeg all pounded together with white sugar to a fine powder. The mix was used prior to or after meals to ‘comfort the stomack, and helpeth digestion’.
Ingredients: Ground, blended and heat treated 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 and morning sickness.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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