Ginger is the root or rhizome of a flowering perennial that is indigenous to southern China, but in your diet it’s so much more! With a plethora of health benefits, it’s no wonder that ginger spread to other parts of the world quite rapidly; first to Africa, then the Caribbean, and now it's in your local supermarket. 

When feeling sick you've probably been told, "Have some hot water with ginger and lemon." There is definitely merit in the advice. Ginger is high in antioxidants; it boosts the immune system, contains antimicrobial and antiviral properties, and soothes an upset stomach and aids digestion. With a resume like that, ginger should be a regular item on your grocery list. 

If steeping your ginger with lemon isn't your cup of tea, there are many other ways you can add it to your diet. Ginger comes in two different forms: ground and fresh. Fresh ginger is very pungent and tastes delicious when grated and sautéed with your choice of veggies and brown rice. The powdered version is the dried ground root and can be added as a spice in both sweet and savory snacks. Try a sprinkle of ginger on an apple! Just be sparing if you are spice sensitive.