April 14, 2011

Ginger Root Benefits - Medicinal And Culinary

Ginger root refers to the edible part of the ginger plant. Ginger is a monocotyledonous perennial plant having the biological name as Zingiber officinale. 

Ginger root contains volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds like shogaols and gingerols. Here are medicinal and culinary benefits of ginger root

Medical benefits
- 1 gram of ginger is very effective to reduce nausea and vomiting if used daily for a maximum of 4 days
- A ginger extract can decrease the pain for patients of osteoarthritis if taken twice day regularly.
- It is able to reduce motion sickness without side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness
- Ginger root is very useful for dyspepsia and colic
- It is useful to hide the taste of other medicines
- Heartburn and gas is able to be treated with ginger
- It decreases pus in infected wounds and boils

Culinary benefits
- It is used to produce Green ginger wine in the United Kingdom
- Ginger can be used for Liquor flavored production in France
- Ginger candy can also be used as a flavoring for crackers,cake, cookies, as well as ginger ale such as non-alcoholic drink
- In some food preparations for expecting and feeding mothers in India it is used as a spice in pulse and lentil curries and to make fresh pickle after mixed with lemon juice, salt and tender green chillies
- Rhizomes of young ginger are stewed in boiling water and added some honey as a sweetener to prepare ginger tea. Lemon fruit or sliced orange can also be added
- In the western countries, ginger snaps, ginger ale, ginger biscuits, ginger cakes and ginger bread are the different products
- In Myanmar ginger root is used in a salad dish called gyin-tho.
- In Japan ginger is pickled to make gari or beni shoga and used raw on noodles and tofu.
- In Korean Kimchi ginger is finely minced and added to the spicy paste before fermentation
- In Indonesia an healthy drink called Wedang Jahe made from ginger and palm sugar.
- Powder of ginger is used as a spice for coffee in parts of the Middle East
 After you know the medicinal and culinary benefits of ginger root. Now it's time to prepare it and enjoy the ginger root

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