Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striate texture.
It has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastronomical distress, while modern scientific research has shown that it possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects. Ginger’s volatile oils have muscle relaxant properties which can help to ease bloating, spasms and cramps in your gastrointestinal tract. It is also a useful treatment for those who experience heartburn after a big meal where compounds in the herb have been shown to improve the function of the lower esophageal sphincter.
Its a powerful herb, pale yellow in color and should have a pungent, spicy smell to indicate freshness. Ground ginger has a warm, spicy bite, is a little bit sweet, and is not as strongly flavored as the fresh one. Its use in the kitchen was found to be mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and middle eastern writing as well.
Tip: make a cup of tea using ginger to help you relax and sleep
Chef Stefanos Tips:
1) Combine fresh grind ginger, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a refreshing salad dressing
2) Fresh ginger, lemongrass and coconut cream for your warm sauces
3) Make your own ginger pickles
Article by Chef Stefanos Miltiadous, Oyster Bar