When it comes to the Zingiber, there is a lot more to it than the added zing it will bring to your food or drink.
Apart from its zesty and piquant flavour, ginger has a long and illustrious history as a healing plant. Its most desirable healing effects lie in the ginger’s ability to combat nausea and act as an anti-inflammatory.
Some studies have shown that ginger may temporarily alleviate nausea and vomiting symptoms in pregnancy as well as in motion sickness;
Some studies suggest that when ginger supplements are administered alongside anti-vomiting drugs, it can reduce nausea symptoms induced by chemotherapy.
Ginger has had a long history as a remedy for rheumatic conditions and arthritis due to their anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols;
A study has shown that women who consumed 1g of ginger power a day for three days from the beginning of their menstrual period showed a marked improvement in their period pain.
Select and Store
It is best to purchase fresh ginger over powdered ginger as the spice will not only be more flavoursome, it will also contain higher levels of gingerol and protease – the anti-inflammatory compound.
Ginger can be stored unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Ginger can be sliced, minced or julienned once its skin has been removed. If the ginger has been added to the dish at the beginning, it will lend a more subtle flavour. If added towards the end of the cooking process, the ginger will offer a more powerful and pungent taste.
How to Enjoy
The make ginger lemonade, combine freshly grated ginger, honey (the quantity of honey depends on the desired sweetness), water and lemon juice;
A sprinkle of grated ginger can be added to most dishes;
Combine ginger, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a very tasty and healthy salad dressing;
Spice up your pureed sweet potatoes by adding a splash of ginger and orange juice;
Zing up your healthful sautéed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger.