Just for clarity, when we say ginger facts, we actually mean the spice and not redheads. In this article on facts about ginger, we are going to learn about its nature, its name’s origin, uses and a few more interesting facts that you will need for your school project or simply for gaining knowledge. So, without further ado, let us begin…
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1. Ginger (Binomial name: Zingiber officinale, Species: Z. officinale) is a flowering plant and has widespread applications in folk medicine and as a spice.
2. Ginger is a herbaceous plant. Simply put, it lacks a woody stem. It is also a perennial plant, which means that it lives for more than two years. The stem of the plant grows once a year and reaches the length of about a meter.
3. The stem bears long narrow leaves that are green in color. Clusters of pink and white flower buds grow on the stem. These buds eventually bloom into yellow flowers.
4. Ginger is capable of surviving in warm climates and has a charming aesthetic appeal. This makes ginger a go-to plant for landscaping in certain subtropical areas of the world.
5. The underground stem (known as rhizome) of the ginger plant is what is used as spice. So, ginger that we consume is not really root. It is the rhizome.
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6. The rhizomes are gathered only when the stalk withers. Immediately after the rhizomes are gathered, they will be either washed and scraped or scalded for killing them so that sprouting doesn’t take place.
7. Ginger has a characteristic smell. This smell comes from some volatile oils that are present in the rhizome. In fresh ginger, the oil makes up 1-3% of the total weight.
8. When the ginger ages, the essential oil content of the ginger increases significantly. It is because of this, it is highly advised that essential oil should not be extracted from fresh ginger. One should allow at least 9 months of time since harvest for extracting essential oil.
9. Mature ginger rhizomes are nearly dry and they are fibrous. The young ones on the other hand are juicy, have a mild taste and are fleshy.
10. Ginger has a strong yet sweet and at the same time, woodsy smell. It is this characteristic smell that makes it an excellent choice as a spice in food preparation across the world.