Ginger has made its way into almost every kitchen in the world: Dried, raw, cooked, powdered or crystallized. It is widely appreciated for its culinary and medicinal value.
Especially Asian cuisine uses ginger in its raw form: chopped, crushed, grated and in curries, chutneys, stir-fries, soups and salads. Western cuisine tends to prefer dry ginger used in gingerbread, ginger cake, sweet foods like ginger ale, jams or candy. Ginger is a universal spice capable of mixing organically with almost any dish.
Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been known for its many health benefits since antiquity. It is a popular treatment for several diseases including coughs and colds, particularly effective when consumed in the form of juice mixed with honey or tea. Its anti-inflammatory quality allows it to treat pain related to arthritis and in the relief of muscle pain and migraines. Asian women use ginger in food and drink to relieve menstrual cramps. Indeed, ginger tea is supposed to stimulate contractions of the uterus and it is advisable to take it to accelerate the shrinking of the uterus after childbirth. It is also useful in the production of breast milk.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been shown to relieve symptoms of nausea. It includes nausea caused by pregnancy, motion sickness, and chemotherapy. Ginger can stimulate digestion and prevent stomach gas. Ginger is the single spice has been acclaimed as an antioxidant; it is also widely believed to be an aphrodisiac. This amazing spice is an excellent oral freshener, mood enhancer and instant hangover relief.
Best Ginger Recipes
The spicy and sweet taste of ginger fairies goes well with a range of dishes and drinks. Ginger adds a warm, lemony flavor to food. There are easy and tasty ginger recipes or go ahead and invent one of your own!
1. Chicken with ginger and mango
- 2 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 pound chicken breast fillets
- 1 cup peeled and diced mangoes
- A pinch of freshly ground cloves
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Salt and pepper
In a thick frying pan, heat the oil, add the fresh garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add the chicken fillets and cook for 20 minutes. Mix the mango with the sugar, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Pour the mixture over the cooked fillets to cover all the pieces. Add salt, pepper and soy sauce. Cook another 15 minutes. Serve hot with a side dish of a green vegetable or rice.
2. Ginger coffee
- 5 tablespoons ground coffee
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon candied or ready-to-use ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 cups of cold water
Fat-free whipped cream, cinnamon sticks to taste. Prepare the coffee, ginger, orange zest and cinnamon. Pour into cups and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks.
3. Ginger juice
- 1 inch piece of grated ginger
- 1 glass of cold water
- A few mint leaves
- ½ lime
- A pinch of salt to taste
Mix the water, mint leaves, ginger and squeeze the lime.
Although generally safe for health, consuming ginger in excessive amounts can cause mild heartburn. Pregnant women should avoid after the first trimester and consume ginger with caution. Ginger can interfere with certain medications.