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The joys of ginger!

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Image  Ginger is something that you probably have in your spice cabinet right now.  It is best known for its starring role in gingerbread, but if you’re like me, you often wonder what else can be done with it…  or what it’s good for.  Read on to find out more about this amazing root!

From the University of Maryland Medical Center website:

Ginger — the “root,” or actually the rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale — has been a popular spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years. It has a long history of being used as medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. In China, for example, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea, and heart conditions.

It has been used to help treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.

Ginger is native to Asia where it has been used as a cooking spice for at least 4,400 years.

Source: Ginger | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/ginger#ixzz2vyRxOveR

Ginger is very easy to grow, and you can easily grow it from store-bought rhizomes.  For more information on this, you can find the instructions here:  http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/growing-ginger.html

growing ginger

Why don’t you try some ginger tea?  It’s very easy to make, and very tasty.  Simmer 4-5 slices of fresh, peeled ginger root in 2 cups of water for about 15 minutes.  Pull out the ginger slices, add honey and lime juice (optional), and enjoy.  It will aid digestion, help you relax, and make you feel warm and toasty from the inside out!

Some ginger recipes that have gotten my family’s stamp of approval are:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sesame-ginger-chicken.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/soy-ginger-dipping-sauce-recipe.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/oven-roasted-cauliflower-with-turmeric-and-ginger-recipe.html

and, of course, dessert:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/ultimate-ginger-cookie-recipe.html

With all of the benefits of eating ginger, along with the great taste, why don’t you enjoy some today?

Enjoy!

Karen

**photo credits:  top photo from http://cancerbattlefield.com/functional-food/ginger/

growing ginger photo:  http://gernot-katzers-spice-pages.com/engl/Zing_off.html

For more information or to order:  http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices-by-category/gingers

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