Friday, January 6, 2012

A little GINGER Knowledge...not just for gingerbread!

Ginger is an herb that is used as a spice, as well as a medicine.  Ginger has been used for centuries to provide relief from various stomach issues, including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.  Described as having a flavor that is “fiery and pungent”, at one time in history, the spice Ginger was so popular in Europe that it was as common as salt and pepper on the dinner table with meals.  In the nineteenth century, English pubs would have people sprinkle ginger on the tops of their beers, which founded ginger ale (remember this fact people, it might give you a win in Trivia sometime!).  Fresh ginger is also essential to Asian and oriental cooking and is used as a flavoring agent in food and beverages in all areas of the world.  Try adding some ginger to your foods! My favorite is adding a little bit of ginger & honey to some carrots for a tasty dish!

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