What Is Ginger

  • Ginger is a pungent herb commonly used as a cooking spice throughout the world . It is native to southeast Asia and has been used as a food additive for more than 4,000 years, and for medicinal purposes for more than 2,500 years.
  • Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice.
  • The ginger plant has a long history of cultivation. It originated in Asia and is currently grown in South East Asia, India Caribbean and West Africa.
  • Ginger is a knotted, thick, beige underground stem (rhizome). The stem extends roughly 12 inches above ground with long, narrow, ribbed, green leaves, and white or yellowish-green flowers.

Nutritional Facts of Ginger

Ginger root, raw
(Nutritional value per 100g)

Energy 20kcal 80kJ
Carbohydrates 7.77g
Sugars 1.7g
Dietary fiber 2g
Fat 0.75g
Protein 1.82g
Vitamin B1 0.025mg  
Vitamin B2  0.034mg  
Vitamin B3  0.75mg  
Vitamin B5  0.203mg 
Vitamin B6  0.16mg
Vitamin B9  11μg 
Vitamin C  5mg
Calcium  16mg
Iron   0.6mg
Magnesium   43mg
Phosphorus  34mg
Potassium  415mg
Zinc   0.34mg

Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.(Source: USDA Nutrient database)