Scientific name: Zingiber officinale

Fascinating facts
Ginger has been used as both a spice and a medicine in India and China since ancient times. It was known of and used by the Greeks and Romans and could be found throughout Europe as far back as the 10th Century. The spice comes from the plant’s 'rhizome' which is an underground stem (see picture).
The Latin name zingiber is derived from the Sanskrit word shringavera, which means ‘shaped like a deer's antlers’. This describes the knobbly shape of the root.


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