EN on Foods

January 2014 Issue

“Ginger Up” Good Health

The folklore. Ginger, so familiar for its comforting aroma, pungent flavor and medicinal value, has assimilated itself into cultures around the world. Gingerbread cookies during the holidays, palate-cleansing slivers of pickled ginger with sushi, or a stomach-soothing draught of ginger ale, the ginger root has been cultivated and coveted longer than history has been recorded. This Indian native plant has historically been in very high demand—and very expensive. Fortunately, ginger is now affordable, readily accessible, and research has revealed its many health benefits—another reason it’s popular as ever today.

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