Ginger Plant - Health Benefits of Ginger
Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale
Family Name : Zingiberaceae
Ginger is a perennial herb having underground branch-stems known as rhizomes-a swollen hard part. They are brownish yellow in color from inside and rough brown outside with diameter 2.5 cm. Leaves & rhizome possess specific odour, sold as ginger in fresh form and as sonth in dry form.
Origin and Distribution
Ginger is native to India and China. Ginger has been important in Chinese medicine for many centuries, and is mentioned in the writings of Confucius. It is also named in the Koran, the sacred book of the Moslems, indicating it was known in Arab countries as far back as 650 A.D. It was one of the earliest spice known in Western Europe, used since the ninth century. It became so popular in Europe that it was included in every table setting, like salt and pepper. is grown throughout the tropical areas of the world. The most expensive and highest quality varieties generally come from Australia, South India, and Jamaica, while most mass market ginger is grown in China .
Properties of ginger
Stimulant, carminative, anti-dyspeptic, anti-flatulent, rubefacient, digestant, aphrodisiac, anti-rheumatic.
Food Value of ginger
Ginger is available in two forms, fresh and dried. Both the forms contain effective food value. As the taste of ginger is not very palatable, subtle means are adopted to use it in certain ways. It has dual role, as a vegetable as well as a spice. It is held in high esteem for its flavour, pungency, aroma and medicinal value.
Ginger analysis gives the following composition:-
Medicinal Uses & benefits
Note:- If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use ginger without first talking to your healthcare provider
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