The rhizome of Zingiber officinale (syn. Amomum zingiber) used as a spice. The first oriental spice to be grown in the New World; Jamaican ginger first reached Europe in 1585. Preserved ginger is made from young fleshy rhizomes boiled with sugar and either packed in syrup or crystallized. Japanese pickled ginger (gari) is made from paper-thin slices of rhizome pickled in vinegar.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.