The power of ginger: where taste and culture meets health
For thousands of years, people in India and China have known about ginger’s powerful health qualities, and used it to treat everything from colds, to fatigue, to heart disease. Today, western countries are also discovering its restorative qualities.
But ginger is much more than a cure; it’s also delicious, providing a rich, warming kick to any food. In Asia, it’s been a well-loved source of spice for hundreds of years. In medieval times ginger was imported to the west to make sweets, and was a valuable staple of the spice trade. Back in the 14th century, a pound of ginger cost the same as a live sheep!
As trade expanded, people caught the taste for ginger all over the world, including Africa and the Caribbean. Today it can be found everywhere, and its popularity continues to grow. Gingo juice is a true marriage of cultures: a spice from the east, used in a recipe born in Africa, enjoyed by people in Canada! Now that’s progress.