Ginger is a healthy all-rounder and especially popular in the Asian kitchen when it comes to adding spice to dishes, teas or drinks. Next to its unmistakable taste, ginger is popular for its variety of positive effects on our health. For example supporting the digestive tract against indigestions, constipation or diarrhoea but also against colds. The spicy smell frees the air ways and also has a strong antibacterial effect on mouth and throat – thus helping with recovery.
Ginger can be prepared in many different ways, raw or cooked. Generally the preparation is quick and easy. You can buy ginger dried or as powder, also pickled or as a drink. Especially homemade ginger tea is very beneficial. When heated, the ginger changes from spicy-hot to spicy-sweet.
Tip: Don´t peel!
The most valuable ingredients are stored directly under the skin, by peeling you would remove it.
You often feel sick when driving in the car? In this case, you could chew a small piece of ginger shortly before starting a trip by car, ship etc. You could also infuse your water with small pieces of ginger or – even better – make your own ginger tea!
Making your own ginger tea isn’t as tricky as one might think. Wash the ginger and cut thin slices. Put them in a cup and pour hot (but not boiling) water over the slices. This way the beneficial ingredients are kept. The thinner the slices are cut, the quicker the essential oils can dissolve out of the ginger root. The tea should brew for about five to seven minutes, then the ginger pieces can be removed. If desired, it can be sweetened with honey.
Should you run out of time, Rauch Juice Bar offers a refreshing ginger and lemon black tea.
Beneficial ingredients of ginger
· Vitamins: C, E, B3, B5, B6 and folate
· Minerals: iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium
· Secondary phytochemicals, especially antioxidants
Autor: Olympiazentrum Vorarlberg