Ginger is a member of the Zingiberaceae family which also includes turmeric.
Ranging in color from gold, tan, yellow, beige, white or reddish, this potent root adds flavor and a myriad of health benefits to your cuisine.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has long been prized for flavoring the sweet treats of the holiday season. But new research shows we should be enjoying this spice all year long.
A worldwide study of more than 120 plants published in the Journal of Nutrition ranked ginger among the five richest food sources of antioxidants, along with berries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pomegranates. Researchers found that ginger suppresses the production of free radicals and enhances the body’s own production of antioxidants.
Ginger: Getting The Most
So grate fresh ginger onto a baked sweet potato, add slices to your favorite tea, whirl into a whole-food juice blend or mix into a pot of roasted butternut squash soup to boost your antioxidant levels…deliciously.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=14,840
References: Halvorsen BL, Holte K, Myhrstad MC, Barikmo I, Hvattum E, Remberg SF, Wold AB,Haffner K, BaugerÃ¸d H, Andersen LF, Moskaug Ã˜, Jacobs DR Jr, Blomhoff R. A systematic screening of total antioxidants in dietary plants. J Nutr. 2002 Mar;132(3):461-71.
Selecting and Storing Ginger
Look for ginger with smooth skin and a fresh, spicy fragrance. Fresh unpeeled gingerroot, tightly wrapped, can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks and frozen for up to 6 months.