Ginger is one of those plants without which many nations cannot imagine life. The healing properties of ginger are widely used in Asia. For all Asians, ginger is a basic addition to dishes and a very effective remedy for colds (ginger tea), nausea (ginger infusion) or menstrual cramps (ginger root slices).
Ginger is a spice that until recently associated us with beer and cookies from American films. In Polish cuisine, in powdered form, it added flavor only to tripe, hare pate and gingerbread. Until recently, many people thought that ginger was used as a medicinal agent, aphrodisiac, spice, addition to cosmetics and perfumes, raw material for making beer and an ornamental plant. Since fresh ginger root is getting cheaper and easy to buy in every supermarket, we can all enjoy its wonderful properties.
Healing properties of ginger – why is ginger healthy?
The intense aroma of ginger, with a fresh, a little sweet, and a little woody note is due to zingiberol – an ingredient of essential oil. Resin substances, on the other hand, include Gingerol and zinferon are responsible for the burning, slightly bitter taste. All these substances have medicinal properties. Thanks to them, ginger, among others
In tropical Asia, ginger has been grown for over 3,000 years, although its origin is unknown. Ginger was used in the Middle East and southern Europe long before the Romans. The Portuguese brought him to Africa, the Spaniards to the West Indies. This is one of the oldest cultivated plants.
Who is not allowed to eat ginger?
Ginger is a very spicy spice with an irritating effect. You cannot eat it with impunity. Avoid ginger if you have a chronic gastrointestinal disease, e.g. gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Ginger in the kitchen
Dried ground ginger, which is popular , has a different taste than fresh and cannot be used interchangeably. Raw ginger adds freshness and spice to seafood, improves the taste of bland dishes and fatty meats, e.g. duck or pork. Ground is best suited to sweet dishes, e.g. biscuits, cakes, fruit salads. It also goes well with baked apples.
Raw ginger must always be peeled, and it is best to scrape the skin off with a knife only from the piece that we will use. In no dish should it be combined with herbs, because these conflict with its aroma. It goes well with spices, allspice, bay leaf, cloves, nutmeg and pepper.
Ginger – selection and storage
Ginger can be bought fresh, marinated, dried and powdered.
Fresh ginger should not have stains, and its color should oscillate between cream and light brown.
Store fresh ginger in a cool place. To extend the life of ginger, wrap it in a paper towel and put it in a plastic bag and then in the fridge – in this way it will stay fresh for up to several weeks.
In medicine, citrus and yellow ginger are used, in the kitchen Japanese ginger and ginger are used.
Ginger and pregnancy
Pregnant women can eat ginger, but in small amounts, because this spice is very warming and may irritate the stomach.
Used during pregnancy, ginger will help you for morning sickness, bloating or indigestion. It works well with colds because it warms up. It improves blood circulation, facilitates digestion and has a diuretic effect, thanks to which it reduces swelling.
Avoid ginger if you are struggling with high blood pressure. This is especially important during pregnancy, because hypertension is very dangerous for the future mother and the developing fetus.
Ginger for beauty
Ginger oil is used in slimming and modeling preparations, because it stimulates circulation and accelerates fat burning, fights cellulite. Full of freshness and exotic ginger aroma is the base of many perfumes. The ginger note often goes well with other spices (pepper, cardamom) and adds strength to men’s cosmetics.
Types of Ginger
You can buy ginger root whole and powdered. Candies and marinated ginger – pink and white – available in oriental food stores, dipped in soy sauce, are an addition to, for example, sushi. It is worth looking for aromatic ginger sweets and cookies. On the shelves of alcohol stores you will find vodka and ginger beer.