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Ginger (Aadrak)

Indian name : Aadrak
Scientific name : Zingiber officinale
Part used : stem

Systematic position :
Kingdom : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Liliopsida
Order : Zingiberales
Family : Zingiberaceae
Genus : Zingiber
Species : Z. officinale

More About Ginger

Ginger is one of the famous spice all over world. Scientific name is Zingiber Officinale. This is a type of storage root. Use of ginger first known in South-east Asia, West Africa, Caribbean and also India. Ginger belongs to family Zingiberacae. It is pungent in taste. It is perennial creeping plant with lance shaped green, long leaves, yellow green flowers and thick tuberous rhizome.

Ginger is also known as East Indian Pepper, Jamaica Ginger, Jamaica Pepper, it is called Gingembre in French, Ingwer in German, Zenzero in Italian, Jengibre in Spanish, Cheung, chiang, jeung in Burmese, Ada, Adruk (green), Ard(r)ak(h) (green), Sont(h) (dried) in Indian, Aliah in Indonesian, Mioga, myoga, shoga in Japanese, K(h)ing (green) in Thai etc .

It it very popular table setting item like Salt and Pepper in Europe. In nineteenth century, in English pubs the barkeepers put out small amount of ginger for people to sprinkle in their beer. 

It is mainly used as spice in curry, other wise its used in pickles, any type of medicine and ground dried ginger is used as curry powder. It is also used in cakes, cookies, Jam, Puddings, some hot drinks like ginger beer, ginger wine, ginger tea. Ginger tea is help to relief cough and cold, throat infection. Powdered ginger also used as spice of "Ginger-bread". Ginger strips with normal salt is good for digestion. Ginger root extract is a multi purpose herb and it is great for Headache and Migraine. It's prevent colon cancer too. 

Ginger root oil is a good quality preservative and flavoring agent. But you should remember that, Ginger oil is very strong, and use very carefully. Regular use of ginger with salt and kebabchini helps clear throat so it is excellent for singers.

Ginger root extract also prevent kidney stones, Impotency of Men, You will be amazed that, the juice of the ginger is good for hair, it totally helps to remove dandruff problems. Chewing few amount of ginger good for removing mouth odour and feeling fresh.

From ancient time ginger has been using in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for curing heart problems, menstruation disorder, Food Poisoning , Osteoarthritis, Epilepsy, Nausea, Inflammation, Cough and Cold, Morning sickness, Motion sickness, Menstrual cramps, Cancer and many more.

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