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Today will explore the wonderful world of ginger!
Ginger is what is known as a rhizome meaning that it is the underground stem of a plant that resembles bamboo. Ginger is cultivated in Northern Australia, India and Southern China. It is available for purchase as a powder, pickled, crystallized or fresh. Ginger features a sweet, woody flavor and offers a hot bite. It pairs up well in other dishes that have soy, lime, garlic, chili, lemongrass, basil and coriander.
There are several health benefits to ginger. To begin, it helps ease nausea and vomiting, especially that which is associated with morning sickness and travel sickness. Studies that have been done with hospital patients have shown that half of a tablespoon of ginger can help prevent the nausea that is associated with anesthesia.
Fresh ginger is often freshly grated or sliced and used in Asian dishes and sauces. It is also useful as a juice or a tea and is often added to fruit salad. Powdered ginger is useful in baking, in meat or grain dishes and is delicious sprinkled on fruit.