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Spicy Sweet Find: Fresh Ginger!!

Posted Nov 20 2009 2:32pm

Last Friday, at the feria, I found a beautiful pile of FRESH ginger! I used to be able to get these often when we lived in Jaco, but haven't been able to find any here in San Ramon till now. I paid 800 colones (about $1.25) for 1 Kilo (2.2 pounds)... talk about a spicy sweet deal!!

Did you know that the skin on fresh ginger peels off like a breeze? Oh yeah! It is nothing like the dried, leathery kind that you find in your grocery store and a pain to peel. Don't they look beautiful?

10 Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are ten health benefits of this powerful herb:

Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.

Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.

Heartburn Relief
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.

Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.

Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy

A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).

I am so excited to try different things with it... here are my ideas:

  • Ginger Ice Cream
  • Lacto-fermented Pickled Ginger
  • Dried Ginger
  • Ginger Ale
  • Gingerbread
  • Lacto-fermented Ginger Carrots (SO GOOD!)
  • Ginger Juice

If you had a bagful of fresh ginger... what would you do with it? Please share your ideas & recipes!

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