Interesting Ginger Facts: 11-15 | Ginger Origin and Name
11. It is being said that ginger actually originated in form of ground flora in lowland tropical forests that are found in Indian subcontinent and southern Asia.
12. The word ‘Ginger’ in English originated somewhere in mid 14th century. It is believed that the word has been derived from the following sources:
|Prakrit (Middle Indic)||singabera|
|Sanskrit||srngaveram (which in turn is derived from srngam meaning ‘horn’ and vera meaning ‘body’ – that’s the shape of ginger.|
13. Ginger has many other names in various countries. For instance, people in Burma call ginger as ‘gyin’. In Thailand, people called it by the name ‘khing’.
14. Halia is the word for ginger that is used in Malayasia. Filipinos call it as ‘luya’.
15. In Arabic, ginger is known as ‘zanjabil’. ‘Gin gayu’ is the word for ginger in Middle East while ‘zangevil’ is the Hebrew name for ginger.
DID YOU KNOW, Ginger is actually the rhizome but it is often referred to as Ginger Root? So, the next time you hear ginger root, know that people are actually referring to the ginger rhizome.
Interesting Ginger Facts: 16-20 | Ginger Production and Uses
16. The largest producers of ginger are always from Indian subcontinent and southern Asia. According to Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Statistics Division (FAOSTAT), the total ginger production in the world was ~ 2.2 million tonnes.
18. The top 10 ginger producing countries in world for 2014 are given in the table below:
|Country||Ginger production in tonnes|
|Taiwan province of China||34,735|
19. When it comes to uses, ginger root is primarily used as spice. In India, it is used in almost every type of gravy food items (both veg and non-veg variants). Outside cooking, ginger has widespread use in Ayurveda – the alternative holistic medical practice of ancient India.
20. There are many ways of using ginger in food preparation. It may not be used as an ingredient in food but rather used as a pickle. For instance, in Japan, one can always find Gari and Beni Shoga, which are nothing but ginger pickles.