Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been known for centuries as a powerful digestive aid! Ginger is a proven anti-emetic which fights nausea and settles an upset stomach. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory qualities may also help lower blood pressure and improve general well-being. A strong ginger tea is an ancient remedy for morning sickness during pregnancy, but should also be anyone’s first choice when dealing with the symptoms of flu or cold.
Ginger is pale but packs a powerful punch! Fresh Ginger root can be sliced, grated, or juiced from the young rhizome. Dry ground Ginger powder has a much stronger flavor than fresh ginger, so substitute the fresh root for the ground ginger if you dislike the zing but seek the flavor! Generally for most recipes ginger powder can be substituted for fresh ginger at a ratio of roughly ⅙…don’t worry too much about exact amounts, as it’s often either used in large amounts or in concert with other flavorful spices. Ginger is marvellous in that it’s flavor is suitable for savory meats, as well as vegetables, and even for sweet confection…Ginger is truly an all-purpose flavor!