Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) is the root of a plant cultivated all over Asia.
It is native to tropical Asia and was introduced to Africa by the Portuguese and to the West Indies by the Spanish.
Ginger has a long history in European baking in dishes such as gingerbread and gingersnaps.
Ginger has a hot and spicy flavor that is also refreshing and sharp.
Ginger is incredibly versatile and is second only to salt in importance for Asian cuisines.
Powdered ginger is used in gingerbread, gingersnaps and other sweet snacks.
Ginger is also wonderful in tea and hot milk.
Powdered ginger is great in Indian spice blends, Chinese stir fry, marinades, pickles, Japanese rice dishes, mulled wine and vegetable stews.