Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ginger: A tuber delicacy

I have been told that we haven't given enough air time to the many other citizens of our growing plant community so the months of June & July are dedicated to herbs, roots and medicinal plants that add their many benefits to our self sufficiency table.

First up is Ginger. Well we just planted our first tuber delicacy so there isn't must to report on it's progress besides the fact that it now exists.

Ginger is a versatile root and can be used as a delicacy in its own right or as medicine or spice. It began in South Asia and has spread throughout the world with the galleons and junks of the spice traders. The characteristic odor and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of zingerone, shogaols and gingerols, volatile oils that compose one to three percent of the weight of fresh ginger. Ginger has what is called a sialagogue action which stimulates the production of saliva, making swallowing easier.

It also has medicinal properties and can assist with slowing diarrhea, nausea for those of you who get motion sickness, dyspepsia, colic, arthritis, cholesterol, heart disease, congestion, coughs and colds. A powerful tool of the natural world.

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