Ginger and turmeric are family of the same flowing plant species, the Zingiberaceae or ginger family. Both are known for their anti-inflammatory properties…
Ginger and Turmeric.
Whilst growing up, ginger and turmeric were always mentioned as a solution for those unwell moments or after an injury. Normally a cup of warm ginger tea for a stomach upset would ‘magically’ work a treat. Whilst turmeric seemed to be reserved for the more post injury moments.
Ginger and Turmeric Health Benefits
Besides their effectiveness as anti-inflammatory agents, when we refer to both ginger and turmeric we generally refer to the rhizome of the ginger plant family. However, the two have a number of distinctive features including color, that make them quite different.
Curcumin, for example, is an extract of turmeric and is a powerful anti-oxidant responsible for a number of health benefits. Whilst ginger is popularly known for its antibacterial and digestive properties, ginger also provides a good source for preventing the symptoms of motion sickness.
Ginger and turmeric can be consumed in a number of forms besides cooking with food. Additionally, turmeric is used for fabric dye and as a natural food preservative.
Ginger and Turmeric in Cooking
Both turmeric and ginger were also used in mum’s cooking, but it wasn’t until after developing a taste for oriental dishes and especially those with ginger as a feature in the recipe – ginger soon crept into my own cooking. The thing is, there are many simple to make goodies to eat or drink, that you can rustle up at any time using ginger as an ingredient.
If you are okay about spoiling yourself a little, why not try my tasty ginger and turmeric sweet. This particular recipe will allow you to enjoy ginger and turmeric together.
Sweet Ginger Recipe:
- Slice ginger into small cubes or slices.
- Add ginger chunks into the boiling sugar water (ratio: 4x of sugar per x of water). After a few seconds lower the heat leaving the ginger and water to simmer.
- Heat on a low fire until the mixture thickens into a syrup, then remove from heat.
- Remove the syrup coated ginger pieces and sprinkle with a pinch of turmeric.
– Leave for, let’s say, 10 minutes whilst placed on a suitable surface before freezing.
- Place in freezer for 8hrs or more.
- Finally dust or spring with sugar…
- Use the remains as a ginger syrup for other snacks and treats.
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