Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ginger All The Way...

This is one of favorable cooking stuff for many Asian chefs. In Indonesia, ginger (known as jahe) has two function, which is as a medicine drink or drug and cooking stuff. It has a unique taste, likes spicy-sweet aroma. Fresh ginger is important to Asian and oriental cuisine. It is used in pickles, chutneys and curry pastes and the ground dried root is a component of many curry powders. In the West, dried ginger is mainly used in cakes and biscuits, especially ginger snaps and gingerbread.

Ginger is the general name for monocotyledonous plant BetriebsZingiber officinale. Frequently incorrectly characterized as “ginger root”, the edible section is real the horizontal underground trunk or the Rhizom of the enterprise. The ginger enterprise has a long history of the treatment well-known, in order to develop in China and to India, to Southeast Asia, to then spread to west Africa and to the Caribbean seas.
The ginger was important in the Chinese medicine during much of centuries, and is mentioned in the writings of Confucius. It is also called in Coran, the Holy Book of the Moslems, indicating that one known it in the Arab countries as of 650 A.D.

Ginger is most frequently known for its efficiency as a digestive aid. By increasing the production of digestive fluids and saliva, Ginger helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Ginger root is also used to take care of nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness. Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties assist relieve pain and decrease inflammation associated with arthritis, rheumatism and muscle spasms. Ginger's therapeutic properties effectively stimulate circulation of the blood, removing toxins from the body, cleansing the bowels and kidneys, and nourishing the skin. It’s included the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory troubles by releasing and expelling phlegm from the lungs. By warming the body and increasing perspiration, ginger may also be used to help break fevers.

Allergic responses to ginger commonly effect in a rash and though generally recognized as safe, ginger can cause heartburn, bloating, gas, belching and nausea, mostly if taken in powdered form. Unchewed fresh ginger may result in intestinal blockage, and individuals who have had ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines may react badly to large quantities of fresh ginger. Ginger can also harmfully affect individuals with gallstones.

However, ginger’s extracts (as traditional drug) commonly is used by Southeast Asian people, escpecially from Indonesian. In Indonesia, ginger’s extracts frequently is used as healty drink. In other way, ginger’s extracts is consumed as hot drink likes coffee or tea.

NB: Any recommendation from docter is requirement.

Sources:
http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/ginger
www.wikipedia.org

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