Zingiber Officinale (Ginger / Djahe)
Ginger is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It is rightly called a super food. According the ancient Chinese medicine books, it has been used for at least 4000 years as a seasoning and a medicine. Many studies have proven the health benefits.
Ginger comes from the root tuber of the ginger plant. The Latin name of this plant is Zingiber Officinale. In Asia it is also called djahé.
It is a spice with a sharp, spicy, lemon-like taste. Spicy, aromatic and sometimes slightly bitter.
Also the spices turmeric and cardamom belong to the family of ginger plants.
It is a native plant that grows in tropical Asia. Ginger is grown nowadays in countries such as China, India and Japan, but also outside Asia such as Guatemala, Nigeria and Jamaica.
From the Middle Ages it was imported to Europe and was then an expensive commodity. A kilo of ginger cost as much as 2 sheep at the time. Ginger was among others. used to flavor dishes.
Ginger also contains lots of healing nutrients, but a healthy body does not have to be cured. Ginger can offer a lot of help for certain ailments. Especially to make these people with ailments healthy again. In case of illness it is certainly the case that ginger is healthy. Ginger is therefore good to use as a medicine. If you eat ginger regularly, this also helps to keep your body healthy.
Ginger and the body
Ginger (the indonesian name is Djahé) has many properties that are healthy for the body. In ginger there are certain enzymes that stimulate bowel movements. If you often suffer from a bloated stomach, ginger can remedy it. Ginger also promotes blood circulation and helps your body to detoxify. Ginger also ensures more saliva production, so that the food is better digested. With this, ginger also supports people who want to lose a few pounds. Lose weight in collaboration with ginger, that is really worth it! Furthermore, ginger has many more healing properties. A good example of this is the relief of migraine. People who often suffer from migraine attacks will suffer less from migraine by eating ginger regularly.
Healthy building blocks and vitamins
We now have a little more insight into what ginger does to the body, just why is ginger healthy? Well that is because ginger has many building materials and vitamins that ensure all these healthy effects. But what are the building materials and vitamins, and what do they do with the body?
The most important building materials of ginger are gingerol, shogaol and zingiberene. These substances have antioxidant properties that help protect your body against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Furthermore, there are all kinds of vitamins, minerals, water, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber in ginger. The vitamins you will find in ginger are B1, B2, B6, and vitamin C. The minerals that you find in ginger are sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc.
Below is a brief explanation of what Antioxidants, Gingerol, Shogaol and Zingiberene are.
Antioxidants are substances that occur in plant foods. They can detect and disable free radicals. Free radicals arise during the metabolism, but also as a result of UV radiation (from the sun) and by smoking. The antioxidants help to prevent damage in the body cells, and these are in ginger! For this reason you can see that ginger is healthy.
Gingerol is a bio-active substance that helps to reduce symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Bioactive substances are not vitamins or minerals, but vegetable nutrients that are healthy. Because of these bio-active substances, vegetables and fruits get their beautiful bright colors. Gingerol also has the good quality that it helps to reduce swollen joints.
Shogaol is a sharp substance. This ensures the sharp taste in the ginger. Shogaol is a substance that helps against cancer and heart disease. Shogaol has even more good qualities; it has an analgesic effect and helps with joints swollen by inflammation.
Zingiberene is an oil that works with gingerol and is good for digestion.
The fresh scent that comes from ginger comes through the zingiberol material.
Use of Ginger in the Netherlands
Ginger is eaten almost exclusively in sweet dishes in the Netherlands. This is unfortunate, because ginger goes fine in all kinds of dishes, sweet and savory! However, you often encounter ginger in, for example, indonesian dishes, only then it is not called ginger, but Djahé. This is the Indonesian name for ginger.
Health properties of ginger
Of the healthy properties of ginger, you naturally benefit most when you eat this regularly. Ginger can be prepared in all sorts of ways, which in turn creates its own taste. To benefit from the healthy properties of ginger, you do not have to eat the fresh version. Ginger in the form of ginger tea is just as healthy! You can easily make ginger tea yourself. The ginger tea recipes are not difficult to make, and really delicious!
In short, ginger has a lot to offer your body, there are a lot of nutrients in it and therefore you can ensure that ginger is very healthy. Being healthy and staying is of course not possible with ginger alone. You need a lot more nutrients per day than just those in ginger, but ginger helps you to get on the road.
Why is ginger healthy?
Ginger has a beneficial effect on health
- It is a very powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals and thereby ensure that the aging process is delayed.
- Ginger helps prevent chronic inflammations and is analgesic. For example, it is a natural variant of known anti-inflammatory painkillers such as NSAID.
- There is a connection between inflammation and tumors. Ginger can thus help to reduce the risk of tumors.
- You can detox your body with it. It helps to remove toxins that are built up in your body. The plant is healthy for your liver and your blood because it cleanses the liver. This will give you more energy again.
- The blood pressure and bad cholesterol in your body will be reduced and ginger will reduce blood clots, giving you less chance of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Ginger contains many nutrients and bioactive (substances that affect health) components. For example, it is packed with potassium, copper, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and manganese. Moreover, it is rich in enzymes.
- It also relieves migraine.
- It helps in the digestion process by properly absorbing all nutrients.
- Ginger is good for your skin. You can massage your skin with it.
- Ginger is even a healthy tool if you want to lose weight. It stimulates (fat) combustion and with it the metabolism / metabolism.
- In case of muscle aches after exercise, ginger reduces the pain. Ginger can also provide relief in diseases such as rheumatism and arthritis.
- A teaspoon of grated ginger before eating helps to prevent bloating or diarrhea.A whole list but the health benefits do not stop there …
- It activates the intestinal mucosa and reduces nausea and vomiting, such as in motion sickness and pregnancy.
- It helps against fungi like Candida.
- Ginger capsules appear to work equally effectively against menstrual pain as medicines such as ibuprofen.
- Ginger is lust-stimulating and works well against impotence because it stimulates the circulation of the genitals.
- Research has shown that ginger has a relaxing effect on the airways and is therefore suitable for asthma and allergies. It is also expectorant.
- A flu or a cold is quickly done with ginger and it also works feverish.
- By the presence of minerals in ginger, it has a positive effect on brain activity in ADHD.
- Two times a day chewing a piece of raw ginger can also help with gum disease and bad breath.
- Ginger supports ginger patients in diabetes patients. It lowers the blood sugars so that a patient feels better.
- A recent study with cancer patients has shown that ginger is up to 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy. This concerns, for example, ovarian cancer. This does not mean that we now advise against chemotherapy, but a combination with ginger may possibly offer more results. In any case, it helps to prevent nausea during chemotherapy.
- It also works disinfecting with wounds.
- The combination of turmeric and ginger provides additional health benefits.
How much ginger a day is healthy?
A small amount of ginger a day is enough to make a contribution to your health. Think of a piece of about 2 by 2 centimeters. Do not use large quantities over long periods. This may in fact have harmful effects because of the active ingredients in ginger.
Side effects of ginger
In some people, excess ginger can not fall well on the stomach.
Pay attention! Ginger is a blood thinner, if you drink a delicious cup of ginger tea, for example, it is not advisable to take paracetamol or other blood thinners just before or after.
If you use heavy medication for your heart, and / or blood thinners, always consult with your doctor if you can use ginger, and if so, discuss the amount of ginger that you can safely use every day.
Prepare and store ginger
Ginger is a delicious spice and also a super healthy one.
Ginger does not necessarily have to be peeled, but many people do. You can peel it with a peeler. Then you can cut it into slices. Then cut ‘on the wire’ so that you do not get any wires.
Slices of raw ginger through your food is not that tasty. Preparing ginger for food can be done in different ways. Ginger can be chopped, grated or sliced. But how do you do this exactly? And once you have prepared your ginger, how is this applied in dishes? To get answers to these questions, you came to the right address!
There are different ways to prepare ginger. Below are explained these ways.
Ginger chopping is actually ginger in very small pieces of chop. The ginger must first be peeled and then cut into slices that are as thin as possible with a sharp knife. Then cut the slices all into strips. If the ginger is already quite small cut, the chopping can start. You do this by putting the chopped ginger on a pile, then using a large sharp chopping knife to make ‘chop’ movements. The tip of the knife stays in your cutting board and you put one hand on the tip of the knife. In this way the tip of the knife remains in place. With the other hand, you make the chopping action over the heap of ginger. The heap of ginger spreads, and has to be put back on a pile. Repeat this chop until all pieces of ginger have become very small. Ginger has a strong taste, so you really want small pieces. It is not so good when you are eating a delicious dish, and suddenly get a very large chunk of ginger in your mouth.
Ginger hairs When grating ginger, you need a fine grater. You pick up the amount of ginger you need, and ‘brush’ it over the grater. On the other side of the grater you have the grated ginger! The advantage of grated ginger is that you really only have the pulp of the ginger. The fibrous remains like threads on the grating part of your ginger.
Grating ginger is not much work, because you do not have to peel the ginger! The skin of the ginger goes during the grating, not through the grater.
Ginger with it
Ginger can, in slices, let you cook in, for example, rice. You cut the ginger into thicker slices (peel does not necessarily have to), and add them to the rice. You let the ginger sit the whole cooking time with the rice and when the rice is cooked, the slices of ginger can be removed. This gives the rice a nice taste. When fresh ginger is cooked for a long time, it will lose its fresh taste, but you will get a stronger taste for it. If you want to keep that fresh taste, you can let the ginger soak in water for several hours and then add the ginger to the dish just before serving
Ginger is used differently in different countries. So you see how versatile ginger really is. In the Netherlands, ginger is mainly used in sweet dishes, such as gingerbread or other types of biscuits, gingerbread, cakes and even in desserts. In Chinese cuisine, ginger is often used in meat dishes, fruit salads and biscuits. In Indian cuisine, ginger is widely used in curries, and in Indonesian cuisine, especially in meat dishes. The dried ground ginger can often be found in Asian spice mixes.
Ginger has a strong taste. Ginger also tastes a little spicy next to fresh. Dried ginger is spicier than the fresh variety. Too much ginger in your dish does not taste good. If there is too little ginger, you do not taste anything. The right amount of fresh ginger that you usually need for a dish is a piece the size of an inch.
You do not use much ginger a day, but you buy the whole root. How can you best save it now? There are several ways for this:
Many people just keep it at room temperature. The shelf life is then a few weeks.
You can keep the ginger sticks for 2 weeks to a month at the latest in a cool place; for example in the basement or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Put a plastic bag around it (keep it open) and make sure that the ginger does not get wet because of mold danger.
You can also store in the freezer. You can already cut the ginger into pieces or grate so that you do not have to cut the frozen carrot every time. Wrap each piece in cling film or put all the pieces together in a freezer bag or box
Tip: Wrap the pre-cut, chopped, grated or blended ginger as a sausage in cling film and place it in the freezer, easy, saving space, and you can always cut off or cut off the required amount.
Pay attention! Herewith the note that household foil can contain the toxic substance BPA. Be careful with this and look for BPA-free products.
An alternative is to put the ginger pieces in an ice cube form and pour a little water and put them in the freezer.
In which dishes can I process ginger?
Ginger has a huge range of applications, in both sweet and savory dishes.
It is of course freshly available, but also dried, in powder form, as a drink and as an oil.
An advice is to opt for a biological variant.
You can season many recipes with ginger, both very pronounced and subtle.In the winter it is refreshing and warming and refreshing and stimulating in the summer.
Ginger works especially well in the morning because of its detoxifying and greasy drifting properties. Drink a glass with lukewarm water, lemon juice and ginger. Then wait half an hour before you start your breakfast.
Green tea with ginger and lemon is very healthy. You can also make iced tea from it.
Drinks with ginger that you buy at the supermarket often contain a lot of sugar and are therefore no longer healthy!
It is delicious with fruit and vegetable dishes, for example in combination with carrot, pumpkin, apple or orange.
You can also make cookies or jam with it; Then choose oat or buckwheat flour and natural sweeteners, such as coconut blossom sugar, Manuka honey and dates.
Oriental (wok) dishes, curries and sauces are enriched with ginger; let it wok nicely.
It also tastes good with fish such as smoked salmon or steamed halibut and of course with chicken.
If you do not like the taste of ginger but want to take advantage of the health benefits, add it in the blender for a smoothie. If you add enough other distinct flavors, you do not have to taste too much.
You can grate a bit of ginger over your salads and let it pull into the broth of soups.
Ginger tastes delicious in combination with turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla (marrow), lemon juice, (Makuna) honey, apple, garlic, fennel, pineapple, anise, coconut (oil) and mint.
Did you know that you can do a lot more with ginger than just processing it in the food.
Ginger is used in many cosmetics and this is not for nothing! Ginger ensures a beautiful skin.
The regular eating of ginger provides many health benefits for your body. Of course your skin also belongs, because your skin is the largest organ of your body. If ginger comes into your body through your food, it must be a long way to get into your skin. This is no problem, but it can also be faster! You can also apply ginger directly to your skin! Read on to learn all about ginger as a beauty product.
Ginger is good for your skin
Ginger can mean a lot for your skin. It is not for nothing that your ginger is regularly found in beauty products such as lotions or face creams. If you ingest ginger through a dish or ginger tea, the skin is nourished from the inside. If you lubricate a lotion with ginger on your skin, the skin is nourished from the outside. Ginger can nourish your skin well. Here some good influences of ginger on your skin:
Ginger keeps your skin elastic
Ginger contains a lot of antioxidants that help keep your skin nice and elastic. Ginger promotes the blood circulation of your skin. And a good blood circulation you just need for a beautiful, elastic and healthy skin!
Ginger keeps your skin young
Because ginger provides a good blood circulation, it also ensures that your skin remains beautiful. A beautiful, healthy skin looks young.
Ginger against acne
Ginger has a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory effect. It is this property that causes your acne to be reduced.
You’ll get warm from ginger
Ginger has a characteristic that promotes blood circulation. This will get you nice and warm. The substance that is responsible for this is capsaicin. This substance is also in peppers and peppers.
Which beauty products can you make yourself?
Do you like to make beauty products yourself? There are several products that you can make yourself. For your feet you can make a ginger-mustard foot bath. This helps your feet relax and refresh. For the rest of your body you can make a refreshing body scrub or a ginger massage oil. Even ginger bath salts are among the possibilities!
Beware of a possible allergic reaction!
Have you never had anything with ginger on your skin before? Try the ginger product first on the inside of your forearms. If it feels good and you have no side effects a few hours later, you can safely use the product for the rest of your body.
Grow your own ginger
Growing your own ginger is not difficult. You can just buy a piece of ginger root in the supermarket and use it to grow your own ginger.
Grow ginger in 8 steps
The ginger plant is actually a tropical plant and grows especially well in warm tropical climates. This does not mean that you can not grow ginger in the Netherlands. This is actually possible inside the house! A ginger plant does have a lot of heat, so you could start planting the ginger somewhere in March. If you keep it warm inside the house, the ginger plant will do well.
Follow the next 8 steps how you can grow your own ginger.
1. Buy piece of ginger in the supermarket
Go to the supermarket and buy a piece of ginger. What you have to pay attention to when buying a fresh piece of ginger root is that you take 1 with no damage. The ginger root must feel firm and it must have a number of finger branches with knots. The new shoots grow from the nodes of the ginger root.
Pay attention! Not all ginger roots are edible! So if you want to grow the edible ginger root, buy one from the supermarket!
2. Choose a good spot for the ginger plant
Once you have found a nice piece of ginger root, you can choose a beautiful spot where you want to plant the ginger. Ginger is a tropical plant that loves a warm climate. He can not withstand frost and also not against direct sunlight. So choose a nice warm shady spot. Since the Netherlands often has a somewhat colder climate, I advise you to plant the ginger root in a pot.
3. Choose the right plant pot
The size of the pot you want to use is important. If you want to grow ginger, it is the intention that the ginger root grows bigger. The ginger therefore needs a lot of space. Choose at least one pot that is twice as big as the ginger root. Preferably a long flat tray, because ginger grows horizontally.
4. Proper nutrition for the ginger plant
Ginger thrives well in good rich soil. When you buy the normal bag of potting soil, it is important to fertilize it regularly.
5. Possibly ginger soak in water
Now that you have all the necessities, you can start planting. Some people swear that you must first let the ginger soak in the water overnight, but it does not necessarily have to.
6. Fill the pot with potting soil
Fill your pot with the potting soil.
7. Ginger plants in the pot
Place the ginger in the middle of the pot, with the buttons pointing upwards. Then you can cover the ginger root with a thin layer of soil. According to some ginger growers, it is not necessary to lay an extra layer of potting soil over the ginger root.
8. Take care of the ginger plant
Water the plant. This must be done every day until the plant gets leaves. The earth must always be moist, but not too wet!
When you have followed the 8 steps, it takes a while before the ginger starts to grow. So we have to wait and patience is needed. It is not just a wait because the ginger plant still needs maintenance! After a few weeks the plant will get a few leaves, then watering is no longer necessary every day, but regular watering is necessary! The earth must remain moist. Every now and then the plant also needs extra nutrition. You could give the plant extra plant food approximately once a month.
If you follow the above steps carefully, you can start harvesting ginger over time
The best time to harvest ginger is during his winter sleep. The ginger plant has had enough time to grow well, and is strong enough to be harvested.
The best time to harvest the ginger root is during his winter sleep. About 8 to 10 months after planting the ginger, the leaves die off. The plant does not die, but it seems like that! This is normal, this is the time that the ginger root keeps his winter sleep.
Mature ginger harvesting
If you harvest the ginger during hibernation, it is called adult ginger. Adult ginger looks like you have planted it. To harvest, you must first dig out the ginger. You will see that the ginger root has grown! You can cut off a piece of the ginger root to use in the kitchen.
Harvest to grow again
If you see a nice piece with good knots, you can also cut it off and plant it again. It is important that the new piece has some good knots, because a rhizome without knots does not do much. If you start planting a piece of the rhizome immediately, you do not have to give the ginger as much water as in step 8 when growing ginger yourself. This is not necessary until the outdoor air temperature rises again.
During the winter sleep, you only need to water the ginger once a month so that the ginger root does not dry out.
Young ginger harvesting
To harvest ginger, you do not have to wait until it is in his winter
Recipes (in Dutch)
Surinamese Ginger Beer https://www.thisgirlcancook.nl/recept-surinaams-gemberbier-maken/
Ginger tea http://www.gembergezond.nl/category/gemberthee-recepten/
Various dishes http://www.gembergezond.nl/gerechten-gember/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Zingiber+officinale (scientific articles)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ginger (scientific articles)
University of Maryland Medical Center states
A study at the University of Minnesota
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