Ginger’s roots date back to ancient times, over 3,000 years ago. Related to tumeric and cardamom, ginger is native to Southern Asia, which is why it is considered a staple in Asian cuisine.
It isn’t just the Asian culture who embrace the subtle spice of this knobby root, many Indian dishes are predicated on the use of ginger as well, such as Tikka Masala, Vindaloo, and hundreds more.
In addition to being a delicious flavoring agent in both sweet and savory recipes, ginger also has healing properties and nutritional value as well. Ginger is excellent for digestion, which is why, many times, people drink ginger ale or ginger beer to calm an upset stomach.