Ginger is a vegetable that wears many different hats, it can be used to soothe upset stomachs, add a kick to your favorite dishes (hello gingersnaps!), and boost your immune system. This vegetable packs a punch filled with a plethora of antioxidants. Keep reading to learn more about this superfood!
- It is commonly used to treat nausea, menstrual pain, arthritis symptoms, and can lower cholesterol.
- It is not a root vegetable; it is a rhizome. A rhizome is an underground plant stem.
- Ginger is indigenous to Southeast Asia, which is why it is frequently utilized in Asian cuisine.
- The rhizomes are harvested after 10-12 months.
- The best time to plant it is in late winter or early spring. It is grown in subtropical climates.
- There are over 1,600 species of ginger flowers. Many of them are used in floral arrangements or used as ornamental garden plants.
- Aframomum giganteum is a species in the ginger family that grows up to 20 feet tall.
- It is said to be one of the first spices to be exported from Asia. It was traded to Europe as a part of the spice trade.
- India is the world's top producer of ginger, followed by Nigeria and China.
- The rhizome has been mentioned in many ancient religious texts such as the Bible, Quran, and the Talmud.
- It can be traced back at least 5,000 years. Its properties were used as Ayurvedic medicine in India and traditional Chinese medicine.
- Queen Elizabeth I was the creator of the Gingerbread man, she had them shaped to resemble the visitors of her court.
- During the Middle Ages, you could trade one pound of ginger for a live sheep.
- Hawaii is the only state where ginger is grown on a large commercial scale.
- Tumeric is also a part of the ginger family.
- Its unique smell and flavor come from essential oils and the compound "gingerol."
- It is estimated that the average Indian consumes 8-10 grams of ginger a day.
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