Ginger FAQs

What is Ginger?

Ginger is an herbaceous perennial herb native to tropical Asia, though not found growing in the wild, and now cultivated in Latin America and Africa; it grows to a height of 1-1.5 metres. The alternate leaves are long, lanceolate in shape and dark glossy green in colour with a centre midrib and 10-20cm in length. The flowers are produced on green coloured bracts which often appear before the leaves, the flowers are yellowy-green in colour with purple lips and creamy blotches. Ginger is grown primarily for its aromatic rhizomes which are harvested and used in a variety of ways.

What kind of Ginger do we supply?

We supply a wide range of Ginger products. We stock Ground Ginger in our easy to store, split pour catering tubs, Ground Ginger, Coarse Cut Ginger, Ginger Essential Oil, Whole Ginger, Organic Ground Ginger, Crystallised Ginger and Fairtrade Organic Ground Ginger.

Where does Ginger come from?

Ginger originated from Island Southeast Asia. It is a true cultigen and does not exist in its wild state. The most ancient evidence of its domestication is among the Austronesian peoples where it was among several species of ginger cultivated and exploited since ancient times. Our Ginger product’s origin is batch dependant. Our Ground Ginger, Root Cut Ginger and Whole Ginger are products of India/Nigeria, our Ginger Essential Oil and Crystallised Ginger are products of China and our Organic Ground Ginger is a product of India/Indonesia/Sri Lanka.

How would you describe the flavour and aroma of Ginger?

Ginger is pale yellow in colour and has a pungent, spicy smell. Ground ginger has a warm, spicy bite, a little bit sweet with woody and floral notes.

What are alternative names for Ginger?

The Latin name for Ginger is Zingiber officinale. Other names for ginger are: African Ginger, Canton Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Jengibre, Gingembre, Ingwer, Ingefara, Sang Keong, Sheng Jian, Shunthi, Saunth, Singabera, Zenzero, Zanjabeel & Zinzeberis.

Is our Organic Ground Ginger certified organic?

Yes! Our Organic and Fairtrade Ginger is Soil Association approved.

What is the suggested use for Ginger?

Ginger is a store cupboard essential that lends itself to use in both savoury and sweet dishes. It is a popular spice in Asian cuisine; and can be added to soups, curries, jams, pickles, puddings, biscuits, breads and scones. Stir into marinades, dressings, sauces and dips. It works particularly well with chicken and fish and blends well with fruit and vegetable dishes. Ginger powder can be used to make the classic drink ginger beer; it can also be made into a tea to help relieve dyspepsia and morning sickness.


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As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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