Ginger, root, pickled

Ginger, root, pickled

Ginger root is used extensively as a spice in many if not most cuisines of the world. Though called a root, it is actually the rhizome of the monocotyledonous perennial plant Zingiber officinale. The active constituent of fresh ginger is gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. When ginger is dried, the gingerol molecules are converted into the much more pungent shogaols. Cooking ginger transforms gingerol into zingerone, which is less pungent and has a spicy-sweet aroma.

Ginger is also made into candy, is used as a flavoring for cookies and cake, and is the main flavor in ginger ale, a sweet, carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage. A ginger-flavored liqueur called Canton is produced in the Guangdong province of China; it is advertised to be based on a recipe created for the rulers of the Qing Dynasty and made from six different varieties of ginger. Green ginger wine is produced in th United Kingdom traditionally Crabbie's and Stone's, in a green glass bottle.

Medical research has shown that ginger root is an effective treatment for nausea caused by motion sickness, morning sickness or other illness. Ginger root also contains many antioxidants. Powdered dried ginger root is made into pills for medicinal use. Ginger ale and ginger beer have been recommended as "stomach settlers" for generations in countries where the beverages are made. Ginger water was commonly used to avoid heat cramps in the United States in the past.

Pickled ginger root Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

Pickled ginger root is composed of 92.3% water, 4.83% carbohydrates, 0.33% protein, and negligible fat. One tablespoon of pickled ginger root supplies you with 1.208 grams of carbohydrates, which is 0.93 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily. That same a 100 gram reference serving of pickled ginger root provides 20 calories and is not rich in vitamins. Besides it it contains a considerable amount of Sodium and Manganese attaining 60.4% and 26% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.