How to buy and store ginger

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How to buy and store ginger

Ginger can be bought in many forms, fresh or dried, ground, preserved or pickled.

 

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Ginger, a short history

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Ginger is thought to have originated in the tropical jungles of Southern Asia, probably on the Indian subcontinent. The ginger plant was cultivated there and in China long before its use was recorded.

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The ginger plant

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Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Its Latin name is Zingiber officinale. The ginger plant itself is a perennial that grows from 30-90cms in height. Its lush green spears sprout from thick underground rhizomes, which are not roots but actually the under-ground portion of the individual spears. Ginger reproduces by sending out shoots from the original plant and these rhizomes then send up more shoots, to produce new ginger plants.

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The medicinal benefits of ginger:

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Medicinal benefits of ginger:

For almost 6000 years, people in China and India have regarded ginger as a universal cure-all. Even today, it is a component in about half of the traditional Chinese and herbal remedies. One of the earliest medical books in China, written about 2000 BC and several ancient Indian texts written in the 3rd or 4th century AD, all discuss treatments using ginger.

 

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