Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Forty-Two!

gingerOne of my all-time favorite spices is ginger root which hails from the rhizome of a flowering plant in the family Zingiberaceae and has the scientific classification of

Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Angiosperm
Class: Monocots
Class: Commelinids
Order: Zingaberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber
Species: Zingiber officinale

India produces more that 33% of the world’s ginger followed by China (20%), Nepal (12%), Nigeria and Thailand (7% each) and Indonesia (5%).

Some of the health benefits of ginger include:

  • reduces nausea and vomiting
  • reduces pain and inflammation
  • has a warming effect and stimulates circulation
  • inhibits rhinovirus (which can cause the common cold)
  • inhibits bacteria like salmonella and protozoa like Trichomonas
  • reduces gas and painful spasm of the intestine
  • may prevent stomach ulcers caused by NSAIDs

So what are you waiting for?  It’s time to start adding more ginger to your diet.

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