Ginger: aromatic, pungent and spicy. A herb used both as a spice and for its therapeutic qualities.
Ginger has been used in China for over 2,000 years. And approximately 2000 years ago, it was exported from India to the Roman empire, where it became valued for its therapeutic as well as culinary properties.
Ginger is used as a spice and flavoring in cooking, and for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. But it can also help with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, like bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.
Ginger adds a special flavor and zest to Asian stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes.
Fresh ginger can be stored unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. In the freezer, unpeeled, it will keep for up to 6 months.
Some ideas for its daily use
- Freshly grated ginger, combined with lemon juice, cane juice or honey and water.
- Sprinkle grated ginger and sesame seeds to your rice side dishes Combine ginger, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a wonderful salad dressing.
- Add ginger and orange juice to puréed sweet potatoes.
- Spice up your healthy sautéed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger.