Tuesday, March 02, 2010

ABC Wednesday

G is for GINGER

My favourite spice....

'Ginger is a tuber that is consumed whole as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
Ginger cultivation began in Asia and has since spread to West Africa and the Caribbean.[2] It is sometimes called root ginger to distinguish it from other things that share the name ginger.'

And for more information from Wikipedia on the wonderful medicinal attributes of ginger, the delicious ways it adds pleasure to the palate, a little of its history and other bits and pieces about this fine tuber, visit here.

A little ginger tea when the tummy is upset....

Here is a recipe - a great soother for sore throats as well.

• About a 3 inch piece of ginger root
• 6 Cups of water
• Honey
1. Grate the ginger as fine as you can get it, leaving the skin on.
2. Put the ginger in the 6 cups of water and bring to a boil
3. Once the water is boiling, simmer it on low for about 15 – 20 min
4. Use a fine strainer and ladle to pour out the tea into a cup, toss the ginger in the strainer back into the pot
5. Add about a teaspoon of honey or to your likeness.
6. Sip slowly and enjoy!

Ginger is said to contribute to the relief of pain and swelling in arthritis and is a strong and wonderful antioxidant.

And when the summer afternoon is hot and humid and you rest, panting, in the shade, what is more appealing that a glass of ginger beer... and perhaps a gingersnap or two.

When the children were all home and the summers in the orchard were hot we used to refresh ourselves in peach picking time with homemade Rootbeer, or Gingerbeer, - whichever we had been energetic to make in the cool of the morning.

Early in the last century the Chinese who helped build the towns in the valley left a legacy of ginger pots. They weren't the elaborate ones that delight the eye, - very ordinary and practical. We have one which Charles found in the old part of town, and it looks something like this, only a little rougherin construction. It sat on the mantel in our last house for years, but is now in a box, stored away when we down-sized.

Ginger adds zest and comfort to life, and it's all too true, a spoonful a day helps keep the medicine man away.

Here is another Ginger, - equally delightful, loved and admired.

For more Gs go here, where Mrs. Nesbitt and her kind friends host the meme ABC Wednesday.


Barb said...

I just had some ginger peach tea but not as authentic as yours (mine came from a tea bag). I like the old pots and jugs - I display some in my house.

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the day! I love ginger, knew some of the things you wrote about, but certainly not all, so I learned something and that's always good! Your photos are great, too. Hope your week is going well!


Reader Wil said...

What a wonderful post and the photos are absolutely delightful! I shall remember the recipe for ginger tea! Yes Ginger Rogers was one of my favourite movie start. What a dancer!
I love ginger in my coffee too. It makes me feel a lot better when I am a bit under the weather. Thanks for your very welcome visit!

RuneE said...

I didn't know a quarter of all this - thank you for enlighten me!

Jama said...

Ginger is a must have in my kitchen, great with meat and chicken dishes, I usually grind the ginger into fine paste.

Jay said...

Much interesting information about ginger here! Thanks for the recipe for ginger tea, I might have to try that. Lemon goes well in it, too, does it not?

I can't get the video to work, sadly, but I have seen her before. On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Roger Owen Green said...

All looks so yummy, and Ginger Rogers was great!

jabblog said...

Ooh, I got completely side-tracked by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire - I could watch them forever, singly or together. Mmmmm, happy sighs!

Wanda said...

Green Tea with Ginger has become a favorite mine. I should try to make it myself, with fresh ginger root, as you do!

Lisa said...

Ginger has so many great uses. It's a perfect plant! And makes great cookies. Your header photo simply took my breath away! Beautiful forsythia.

Tumblewords: said...

All wonderful gingers! I like thin gingersnaps (open faced) with pear slices! The ginger jars are beautiful.

jennielee226 said...

My G post was about Ginger as well! I just love how many different ways it can be used.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very interesting post Hildred. Your pictures look good enough to eat (or drink). Bill's grandmother passed down herbal lore to us and I know that ginger works as you said. I love thinking about how mothers and grandmothers have known that kind of thing for ages and ages.

Beverley Baird said...

What a great post! I wish I had had that recipe last week when I had such a sore throat! I have printed it off now and will have it for next tome!