Ginger is a thin perennial that grows to be 2 to 4 feet tall with grass-like leaves and greenish-yellow blooms.

Zingiber officinale’s dried, knobby-shaped rhizome is known as ginger or luya in tagalog. The Latin word, zingiber, comes from Indic language interpretations of the name, where ginger was characterized as “formed like a deer’s antler (horn).” Ginger is known by several distinct names in many languages, including jiang in Chinese, adrak in Hindi, jengibre in Spanish, zenzero in Italian, gingembre in French, zanjabeel in Arabic, ingwer in German, and luya in the Philippines.

Ginger is one of the most widely consumed spices and is available in a wide range of forms, including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, and powdered or ground. Chinese cooking includes ginger, along with green onions and garlic, which are recognized as part of Chinese cooking. It is an essential ingredient in many Thai curry dishes. Ginger is a key flavor in almost all Indian recipes, as well as the popular hot beverage masala chai (milky black tea with aromatic spices).

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Ginger Common Uses

Fresh ginger is peeled, grated or sliced, and combined with other ingredients. It is a common flavor in Asian foods. Salad dressings, baked goods, soups, curries, meats, and desserts like gingerbread and gingersnaps all use ground ginger as a flavor.
Pickled ginger is commonly served as an appetizer, but pink pickled ginger is commonly served as a condiment with Japanese sushi.
Ginger juice is another form used in cooking and baking that makes it simple to incorporate ginger into recipes.
Ginger syrup is used in jams, sauces, and baked items, as well as drinks. The crystallized form is commonly used in meats, poultry, pastries, biscuits (such as ginger cookies), and sweets.
Ginger tea is popular across Asia and is made by soaking slices of ginger in hot water with or without tea leaves. Ginger is often used in sweet dishes in Western cuisine.

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