Ginger: Superfood Spotlight
The Pharm Table kitchen strives to utilize heritage foods and superfoods.
This week's superfood spotlight falls on ginger.
Ginger is a rhizome, related to turmeric, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger provides a pungent taste and aroma to any dish, and has a naturally warming effect on the body.
Ginger kindles the digestive fire and for that reason our ginger meal starter is the best way to begin your meal. Ginger is antiseptic and reduces mucus in the nose and lungs, making it perfect for cedar fever season.
Ginger contains gingerols, compounds similar to capsaicins found in chili peppers, which give it its distinct "spicy" flavor. Ginger also contains beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, and curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound also found in turmeric.
Ginger is great for relieving gastrointestinal distress, nausea and indigestion. It helps boost metabolism and helps combat joint inflammation.