Posted on Jun 10, 2021 18
In Sanskrit, it was called “horny root” - this name is over 5,000 years old. As ginger became better known, they came up with alternative names, sometimes romantic: the root of life, the Golden Warrior, the Sword of the Samurai.
The main suppliers of ginger are China and India, by the way, the latter country accounts for up to fifty percent of the total world market.
According to one theory, ginger was brought to Europe by Marco Polo. The therapeutic and gustatory properties of ginger were so appreciated by the Europeans that they used it as a spice and medicine. In particular, ginger was considered one of the main remedies to prevent the plague.
In many cultures, ginger is regarded as an aphrodisiac, that is, a means to arouse sexual desire. Therefore, in Japan, it is always served on the table at the festival of “manhood”.
The most common types of ginger are black and white. White ginger is processed more carefully (the surface layer is removed). Therefore, white ginger is characterized by a delicate flavor. Black ginger is unprocessed ginger, which is simply dried in the sun. It has a searing, tart taste.
The healing properties of ginger have been noted since antiquity. The root of the plant contains vitamins A, B. C, as well as many micronutrients, including iron, zinc, potassium, and sodium. Ginger improves digestion, speeds up metabolic processes in the body, and promotes rapid cleansing of the stomach and intestines. Spice has anti-inflammatory properties and is useful for flu, pneumonia, arthritis and bronchial asthma. Just drink ginger tea with honey and the cold will be gone.
Ginger is a mild antidepressant. Its beneficial effect on the nervous system is because of its high content of the essential amino acid asparagine. Asparagine is necessary for maintaining balance in the processes occurring in the central nervous system; it prevents both excessive excitation and excessive inhibition.
When a small dose of ginger (5-7 grams) is consumed daily, the likelihood of heart attack and stroke is reduced. This plant prevents the formation of blood clots and makes blood vessels more elastic.
The world famous Muslim scholar Ibn Sina (Avicenna) was one of the first to describe the properties and effects of ginger root (zanjabil) on the human body.
Pickled ginger gari is used as a seasoning for sushi.
Ginger is part of the Indian curry spice.
In Southeast Asia, fresh ginger is candied and made into a jam, while in China, Indochina, Burma and England, orange peel is added to ginger jam, a jam known as chow chow.
In England, Australia, and the United States, ginger is used to make ginger beer (Ginger Beer) as well as refreshments such as ginger ale.
Ground ginger in India is used to produce four varieties of ginger flour.
This medicinal plant is mentioned in the Quran: “In the garden of the righteous will be given a drink mixed with something that tastes like ginger (zanjabil), from a spring called Salsabil, because its drink is healthy, pleasant and tasty” (Sura Al-Insan, ayats 15-18).