Ginger is a root that has been used over the years by different cultures to heal the most common conditions such as pain and sore throat, the Chinese have used it for indigestion and even as an astringent, however, the more prestigious chefs use ginger in their meals as an ingredient to add spicy flavor, offering a gentle heat to your meal, we will tell you the benefits of adding ginger to your meals. Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to Asian stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes. Fresh ginger root is available year round in the produce section of your local market.
Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striated texture. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young.
Benefits of ginger in your meals:
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
- Gives flavor and aroma to your dishes.
- It helps to stimulate the secretion of saliva and gastric juices, promoting digestion providing a more enjoyable dining experience.
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect, for women it is excellent for soothing pains associated with premenstrual syndrome.
- Immune boosting action, consumed as an infusion, with lemon and honey relieves congestion and cold symptoms and in addition clarifies a sore throat.
- It is ideal for relieving pain associated with migraines.
- Safe and effective relief of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
- Helps to take care of your heart, preventing cardiovascular problems.
- Ginger in your meals, helps to prevent cancer because of its antioxidant potential, vitamins and minerals.
How I can consume ginger?
A few Quick serving Ideas:
- Turn up the heat while cooling off by making ginger lemonade. Simply combine freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, cane juice or honey and water.
- Add extra inspiration to your rice side dishes by sprinkling grated ginger, sesame seeds and nori strips on top.
- Combine ginger, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a wonderful salad dressing.
- Add ginger and orange juice to puréed sweet potatoes.
- Add grated ginger to your favorite stuffing for baked apples.
- Spice up your healthy sautéed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger.