Ginger is the root, or rhizome on the ginger plant and is one of the most commonly used culinary ingredients in the world. Ginger is commonly consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, as a capsule or lozenge or as a juice. Ginger is a common ingredient in foods such as gingerbread, cookies, ginger ale, gingersnaps and other tasty things. A relative of cardamom and tumeric, ginger is commonly found in India, Jamaica, Indonesia and Australia. The use of ginger herbally can be traced back over 5,000 years to both Chinese and Indian cultures. There are ancient records of India exporting ginger to Ancient Rome until the fall of the Roman Empire, at which point, ginger became very expensive when the spice trade fell under the control of the Arabs. A single pound of ginger was as valuable as an entire live sheep! During the 13th century, ginger became a staple in most kitchens, used in all sorts of culinary dishes. It is rumored that Queen Elizabeth I invented the gingerbread man, serving it as a special Christmas tread; a tradition still in practice today.
Today, ginger is a healthy and easily affordable culinary ingredient, but is believed to be high in nutritional value as well. Numerous studies have been conducted on the potential human benefit of ginger, and more and more promising research continues to be done on the potential effects of ginger on the human body.
Ginger is also known as; African Ginger, Amomum Zingiber, Ardraka, Black Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Gan Jiang, Gingembre, Gingembre Africain, Gingembre Cochin, Gingembre Indien, Gingembre Jamaïquain, Gingembre Noir, Ginger Essential Oil, Ginger Root, Huile Essentielle de Gingembre, Imber, Indian Ginger, Jamaica Ginger, Jengibre, Jiang, Kankyo, Kanshokyo, Nagara, Race Ginger, Racine de Gingembre, Rhizoma Zingiberi, Rhizoma Zingiberis, Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens, Shen Jiang, Sheng Jiang, Shoga, Shokyo, Shunthi, Srungavera, Sunth, Sunthi, Vishvabheshaja, Zingiber Officinale, Zingiberis Rhizoma, Zingiberis Siccatum Rhizoma, Zinzeberis, Zinziber Officinale, Zinziber Officinalis.