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Benefits of Ginger

Updated: May 19

Scientific Name: Zingiber officinale

Common Names: Cooking ginger, Canton, Stem ginger, Canton ginger

Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger)

herbal picture of the ginger root plant

Ginger is sometimes called common ginger, cooking ginger, canton, stem ginger, canton ginger, or its botanical name, Zingiber officinale (1). Ginger plants are famous for their highly scented and tasty roots, but their most identifiable feature grows underground. With that said, a ginger plant can be identified by its hairy stems, brown or purple (although some species can be a deep red or even green) leaves of three that grow from the plant's base, and greenish flowers, sometimes tipped with purple, held on pine-cone-shaped spikes (2).

Benefits of Ginger