- Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China.
- It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal.
- The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.
- The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
- Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes.