Ginger is a herbaceous plant of the Zingiberaceae (the same family as the cardamom) native to the Far East. In ancient times it was also called gengiovo and sometimes today it is marketed under the English name of ginger.
It is also known as the ‘root of health’
Cultivated throughout the tropical and subtropical belt, it is provided with a fleshy and densely ramified rhizome from which both long sterile and hollow stems, formed by sheathing lanceolate leaves, and short fertile scapes, bearing yellow-greenish flowers with purple spots depart. The fruit is a capsule divided by septa into three lodges.
It is a plant native to Asia traditionally used for food and curative purposes in Chinese and Indian medicine that has been using it for millennia for its remarkable therapeutic capabilities, as a true natural antibiotic. In fact it was and is the basis of many medicines.