Friday, December 21, 2018

Food Fact Friday: Ginger!


One of my favorite Christmas cookies has got to be Gingersnaps (the other is whipped shortbread). I love them because they’re usually not too sweet, a little chewy, and have such a rich depth of flavor. Today, let’s dig a little deeper into ginger!













Did you know that the ginger root that we know (and love to eat) is actually the underground rhizome of the ginger plant?

Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have historically made it a common, frequently used natural remedy for thousands of years.

Some of the things ginger has been used for: promoting digestion by increasing gastric emptying; helping to relieve joint pain and inflammation;  and reducing nausea to name a few.

Couple of fun facts about ginger:

·  It’s easiest to grate fresh ginger root when it’s frozen!
·  Ginger is part of the same family as cardamom and turmeric! (Have you ever tried the Cardamom ice cream from Village Ice Cream?? You totally should if you haven't!)
·  You can grow your own ginger from the actual ginger root!



[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3016669/
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11710709
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3995184/

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