A treat, medicine and a snack.
Ginger is a spice plant brought to Europe after the Crusades from China and India, where it was revered and used due to its various health benefits for more than seven millenniums.
For food purposes, ginger is often referred to as a root, but it is actually an underground stem called a rhizome. Although it may be used fresh, ginger can be found in many shapes and form. Dry, ground, grated, pickled and candied or crystallized. Ginger is known for its sharp, spicy taste which as a spice easily dominates over other ingredients, so it is always used in very small quantities. On the other hand, candied ginger forms a sweet-spicy snack that can be enjoyed by everyone, even the youngest ones, for whom the taste of ginger is usually too intense.
Rich in essential oils, vitamin B and minerals potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper, ginger is universal medicine, so it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, improves circulation and heart function, stimulates the digestive system, reduces allergy symptoms and strengthens the immune system.
Candied ginger retains its medicinal and nutritional value, although it should be consumed in moderation given the amount of sugar. One piece of candied ginger can have 3 to 5 grams of sugar and about 20 calories. A few pieces of candied ginger will also help lower stress levels and raise vitality and energy, according to a study by phytotherapist Erica Verrillo from 2008. The powerful antioxidants combined with sugar can wake us up and acts as an energy booster. However, people suffering from kidney stones, sensitive stomach or diabetes should avoid candied ginger.
Great as a healthy snack or dessert ingredient. Candied ginger is simply irresistible!
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