- Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine.
- Ginger is mainly grown in Nigeria, Ghana, Fiji, India, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia.
- It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems about a meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades.
- The ginger plant is a distant relative of the banana, cultivated for its edible root. The plant grows up to three feet tall with stalk-less leaves, and produces highly aromatic yellow and green flowers.
- The ginger plant thrives in warm, humid climates and belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. It has a stimulating and warming effect on the skin
- Ginger has an unmistakable shape – bulbous little joints, from which grow small, knobbly bumps, and its skin is light brown with a slight silvery quality. The flesh can range from ivory through to a pale, greeny yellow.
- Ginger is astringent, antiseptic and warming, and has been used to relax tense muscles and to soothe aching joints. Its warming action helps stimulate circulation, making it an excellent remedy for cold extremities.
- The oil contains the aromatic substance zingiberene, which is antibacterial and is also thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Ginger has a peppery flavour, with a sweet hint of lemon, and the aroma is pungent and sharp. It’s also available ground, which is particularly good for baking; pickled; preserved in syrup (also called stem ginger); candied; or crystallised.
The Ginger and Spice Festival
We will be celebrating all things ginger at our next annual Ginger and Spice Festival starting on Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th September 2018 in Market Drayton, Shropshire – the home of gingerbread!