Ginger takes a special place in many kitchens because of the specific flavor and sharp, spicy hot taste that takes it apart from the other spices, but also because of its medicinal properties. For thousands of years it was used as a spice and cure, and to this day people use its powerful influence. Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinal, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice. Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy, or ginger wine which has been made commercially since 1740. They are many ways how to use this beneficial plant and we will point out a few recipes how to consume.
Fresh ginger-lemon cake
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