What exactly is ginger?
You like to cook with Ginger, snack on candied ginger pieces from time to time, like to drink your ginger shot or treat yourself to a cooled ginger beer to refresh yourself? We share your passion and would therefore like to introduce you to the aromatic spice plant a little more closely.
You are probably familiar with the bulbous, crooked parts that are sold in the supermarket as "ginger root" and are currently popular as ginger shots. In reality, however, this is not a root, but a so-called rhizome (also called rootstock).
This is the main shoot that grows underground, from which the reed-like ginger plant grows, up to 150 cm high. It is this rhizome that provides the fresh, spicy aroma that we all love.
Where does the ginger plant come from?
Ginger plants thrive in warm, humid climates and are therefore found almost exclusively in the tropics. Botanically, it is not possible to determine exactly where the plant originated.
In addition to India, China, Nepal, Thailand and Japan, the classic countries of origin also include Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil, Jamaica and Costa Rica. The aroma and spiciness of ginger can vary depending on the growing area.
We source the raw material for our ginger concentrate from Peru, as they specialize in growing organic ginger there.
What is special about organic ginger?
The global demand forGinger has increased continuously in recent years. In many subtropical and tropical countries, the great tuber is therefore grown en masse on large farms.
This type of industrial agriculture requires the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, which then pollute the end product.
You can enjoy our Peruvian organic ginger without any worries. It comes from controlled organic cultivation and is unaffected by all these pollutants.
How is ginger used?
Ginger is characterized by its mild sharpness and a light citrus aroma. Tender pieces of ginger, covered with chocolate or candied, are considered a delicious treat in many countries.
Freshly crushed ginger root gives fish, meat and poultry dishes a touch of the exotic and desserts, cakes, ice cream or jam can be given an interesting contrast with a pinch of ginger powder. The ginger shot is also seen more and more often and is now indispensable in big city cafés. For more ideas we have the bestBen's Ginger Recipes collected for you.
Hot ginger tea is good for warming up from the inside in winter, while nothing is more refreshing in summer than cold ginger water with lemon.
What healing powers does the ginger root have?
In India and ChinaGinger Already used thousands of years ago as a medicinal and spice plant, and the ancient Romans also made use of its healing powers. In fact, a tea made from fresh or dried ginger root can serve as an herbal medicine.
The pungent substances it contains (gingerols) promote digestion, strengthen the heart and stomach, have an antibacterial, expectorant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. In no time at all, an organic ginger shot has a great effect on your immune system!
The great tuber is just as beneficial for nausea and a feeling of fullness as it is for colds, sore throats, coughs, rheumatism or migraines. It is full of valuable vitamins and contains, among other things, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Ginger Shot: a drink that has it all
As a power drink and booster for the immune system, the BioGinger shot high in trend. It is considered a healthy pick-me-up and is said to work wonders against colds. Instead of buying the expensive finished product from the supermarket, you can buy yoursGinger shot You can also simply prepare it yourself - preferably with our high-quality organic ginger concentrate.
Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and mix your concentrated energy charge with the great ginger effect in the way you like it best. Whether with lemon, lime or apple juice, whether with cayenne pepper or turmeric, whether with or without honey - there are no limits to your imagination.
Ginger Beer: a great soft drink
traditionalginger beer is not so easy to find in this country. In contrast to ginger ale, a non-alcoholic soft drink, this is a pure, fermented fermented drink without flavor enhancers and artificial aromas. That has its originginger beer in the 18th century.
It was then made from freshly squeezedGinger, water and yeast, had an alcohol content of up to 11 percent by volume and a strong, very pungent taste. It was not until 100 years later that the recipe was refined with sugar, honey or molasses.
With a starter culture, the so-called ginger bug, you can also make the aromatic beer drink yourself. Just like himGinger shot it can be modified imaginatively and refined with all kinds of herbs and berries.
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