Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome is widely used as a spice. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems (false stems made of the rolled bases of leaves) about a meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades.
Ginger root is actually not a root, but a rhizome, or underground stem. The rhizome is the part that can be eaten, used in food or teas, dried and ground to create powdered ginger and used to create ginger oils and extracts.
Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale
Other Names: Ginger
Taste: Pungent, Spicy, Slightly Sweet
Energy: Hot, Dry (dried) Warm/Dry (fresh)
Part Used: Rhizome
Spice: Ginger Root is a great spice to keep on hand in your kitchen, because it can be used in both sweet as well as savory dishes with excellent results.
Tinctures: Tinctures are also called extracts. This same process is used to make real vanilla extract. Alcohol tinctures are the most common type and the easiest to make.
Detailed instructions for making a tincture can be found HERE!
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