Ginger (Slices) - Drink Secrets

Ginger (Slices)

Ginger Root Secrets

The ginger root, commonly referred to simply as “ginger,” is just being discovered by science although it has been a friend to mankind for centuries. The list of conditions for which ginger is used world wide goes on and on and one cannot ignore the similarities between the ways different cultures use the same root. In the United States, it is commonly used as a preventative of different types of nausea, including morning sickness. In the islands of southern Asia, ginger is used in everything from a type of tea to breakfast by boiling the root, chopping it and adding sugar. It is also thought in some local cultures of south Asia to be the cure for rheumatism. Among most cultures world wide, it is typical to find ginger in remedies for the common cold and sometimes the flu. But as far as science goes, the proven methods of applying the root are for various ailments of digestion such as dyspepsia and, in some cases, diarrhea, which is why ginger ale is still the best remedy for settling an upset stomach. Ginger also seems to have properties that help lower cholesterol which should be of great interest to those with a family history of heart disease.

Spicy and tasty ginger can be found typically in Thai and Indian food, but spreads itself around the culinary world by lending itself well to a variety of flavors. Not only does it go well in soups and stews, such as pumpkin soup, but sliced ginger by itself can be found next to your next order of sushi. Its purpose is to not only aid in digestion but also to cleanse the palate before you sample the next flavor. Next time you eat sushi, try eating some sliced ginger after the meal, followed by hot green tea. The flavor compliment is very satisfying!

Medicine and the culinary arts aren't the only uses for this famous root! Mixologists around the world have added its bite to alcohol's burn to make some very interesting drinks. Sample a boozy ginger limeade next time you're in the mood for something new!


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