Dried Ginger Root (干姜), also known as Gan Jiang, is classified as one of the healthiest spices on the planet.
With a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used for centuries as a condiment among many Asian cultures.
So, without further ado here are 5 great ways to use this herb to boost your health by including this in your everyday routine...
What is Dried Ginger Root?
Dried Ginger Root has a long history of use in various forms for traditional/alternative medicine. Originally discovered in Southeast Asia, this herb is now widely cultivated all over the globe.
As early as the 14th century, this herb was so popular that the price of one ginger root was equivalent to that of livestock!
Possessing a tangy and pungent taste to food, this herb contains many therapeutic properties, leading to the ever-growing popularity of Dried Ginger Root worldwide.
What are the health benefits of this herb?
Naturally high in vitamins (B6) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, copper), this herb is packed with healthy goodness.
Across the Eastern world, Dried Ginger Root is considered an excellent tonic to treat various common ailments. The dried nature of this herb increases its warming properties, being useful for severe qi (vital energy) or Yang deficiencies (extreme qi).
Being a well-known herb across Chinese medicine, this ingredient has been used traditionally to help:
- Help reduce nausea
- Fight the common cold
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Contains bioactive compounds
- Boost brain, body and stomach digestion
- Reduce muscle pains and soreness
- Reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Suppress heart disease factors
- Lower cholesterol
- Improve mental function in the elderly
- Effective against menstrual pain
As promised, here are our top 5 uses of Dried Ginger Root to introduce into your daily routine...
1) Herbal Tea
Steeping a couple of chunks of dried ginger root in boiling water can make a delightful herbal tea.
We recommend a 5 minute steep to allow the essence from the herbs to fill the cup completely.
Slicing a few pieces of this herb and then finely grating them can add a little zest to your lunch time soup options!
This makes for a delicious and healthy differential choice.
The most popular and traditional way to use this herb.
For both the sweet or savoury curries, Dried Ginger Root is always a fantastic option to bring some colour to your palette!
Re-hydrate this herb in boiling water to create fresh ginger root, then simmer in a sugar syrup until cooked to create a candied snack!
Add this to your baking, pancakes or chocolate for the perfect evening treat.
Bring the ginger root to its original form by re-hydrating this in boiling water until softened!
Where can I buy Dried Ginger Root?
You can get hold of this herb in the following quantity:
Dried Ginger Root 干姜 (Gan Jiang) | (100g)
Dried Ginger Root 干姜 (Gan Jiang) | (500g)
Now that you've got some scrumptious ideas of how to use this versatile herb, we're excited to see you impress your friends and family with your Gan Jiang skills!
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