It can be eaten raw, cooked, candied or dried. It is an essential ingredient in many cuisines. Ginger root can be used in dressings, purees, beverages, teas, smoothies, and juices. It can be crystallized, candied, or pickled and used for preservation. In Asian and Indian cultures it is often shredded or ground to use as a spice for food. In the preparation of gin, ginger is a common ingredient.
Its consumption became popular in Europe where it turned into a highly-prized spice, while in China it was considered an aphrodisiac. Ginger is the main ingredient used to make the famous gingerbread cookies for Christmas. Who hasn’t tried those?
Ginger originated in Southeast Asia, mainly in India. Although it was the Romans who first introduced it to Europe. This product started to gain popularity during the Middle Ages in the Mediterranean regions and then settlers brought it to American soil.
330 calories per 100 grams. Ginger is associated with properties that fight dizziness, alleviate rheumatism, and act as an anti-inflammatory. However, excess consumption can cause gastritis and / or stomach ulcers.