Monday, June 25, 2012

Sprouting ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is a reed-like plant with about one meter high stems, white and pink buds and yellow flowers and is often used as landscaping around subtropical homes. Ginger is consumed as delicacy, medicine, spice and tea. It is an excellent free radical trapper and may thus prevent cell damage and cancer and is used to preserve food. In folk medicine ginger is used to provide relief from stomach colics, pregnancy-related naucea and vomiting, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle injury. Tea brewed from ginger slices is a well-known folk remedy for colds. In Korea, slices of ginger root are stored with honey for a few weeks to obtain preserved sweetened ginger which are used to brew a sweetened tea by pouring them with boiling water.  

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