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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for Zingiber Officinale

A few of my herbs

A-Z Challenge
My theme is Herbs
Z is for
Zingiber
Officinale

Fooled Ya!

It's really Ginger but
try to find a good
"Z"  herb.




Zingiber is a tropical plant found in E. Asia, Australia, India
and China.

I am a great fan of ginger, both in my cooking and in my
teas. I love the zippy bite of ginger that will mask the
bitter taste of some of the important herbs.
Aside from using it in cooking, it can be taken in a
tincture syrup or in capsule form.

Medical Uses:  
Used for colitis, diverticulosis, gas, indigestion,
nausea, morning sickness, paralysis of the tongue,
hot flashes and as a colon clease

67 comments:

  1. My mom used to give me Ginger Ale when I had an upset tummy. ;)

    'grats getting to Z! It was nice seeing a post everyday. :)

    Have a great rest of the week!

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  2. Rosey
    Thanks and especially thanks for being a faithful follower, noteably on those boring letters where informations is scarce. WOW, it's only Wednesday and the finish line has been crossed.

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  3. Congrats from another A to Z blogger! Will aim to check back again :)

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    1. slfinnell
      Thank you and it is a pleasure to meet you.

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  4. Hi Manzanita - I thought you were going for ginger - still a good name to draw us in to Z. Lots of zests around ... Wonderful to see your herbs, books and some stores - how neat and tidy!!

    Congratulations on giving us all that information on the different herbs ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary
      I guess I can't foo you. Ha I'm ready for a little rest, How about you? But yaaaaay .... we did it.

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  5. I was curious how you'd handle Z. Very clever. I've really enjoyed your A to Z topic. Very interesting.

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  6. Seeing your shelves of herbs is impressive, as is your knowledge.

    Your posts about natural healing has been so informative. I hope a book is in the offing.

    See you 'round the bend.

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  7. Congrats on making it to the end. I should use more ginger.

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  8. The Mama cooked with fresh ginger a lot. I just remembered that the Mama added lots of slices of ginger to bittermelon chicken soup. Heavenly. That may be why mine tastes differently.

    Whooo-hooo! Congrats to completing another A to Z, Manzi! I had fun this year. And I think it has helped put a bit of writing discipline in me. :-)

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  9. Me too. I take Ginger every day for my arthritis--does wonders plus I have candied ginger for the rare upset tummy.
    Congrats on finishing a really interesting A to Z.

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    1. Patti
      Yum candied ginger sounds like dessert. Last night I had cut up fresh ginger to steam with the veggies. It is a root for all occassions. Thanks for being a loyal A-Z supporter. It really keeps me going.

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  10. You made it, Mazanita!
    Congratulations!
    I learned a lot about herbs.

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    1. Julia
      Thank you for your support. It's great to have the support of one who is tapping their way into the hearts of millions. You go girl.

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  11. I have a feeling Ginger isn't even in my spice cabinet! I do have a lot of Italian spices, though, which says a lot about my cooking preferences!

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    1. Stephanie
      It says you have good taste in your eating preference and I love Italian cooking too. Thank you for dropping in at my blog.

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  12. Gas you say, that could work at my bay. But doing something now that really works but nasty lol

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    1. Pat
      I think we all know "gas" at some time in our lives. And that ain''t no gas. Sorry, but at the end of this challenge, I feel all run outta gas.

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    1. Holy Ghost
      Thank you and thanks again for being such a loyal follower. I appreciate it.

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  14. I'm a big fan of ginger. Except ginger cats. Can you imagine, a cat made out of ginger.

    Hearty congrats, dear lady, on completing the alternative to the Alphabark Challenge, 2014! :)

    Gary

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    1. Gary
      Thanks for the support during the challenge. We all had fun but always happy to see "the end." I know how you feel, too. Haha

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    2. Blue Grumpster and Gary.....As we all know, over at Rhyme Time all cats rhyme....Ginger cats and even garlic cats. hummm I wonder how a garlic cat would taste.

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    3. WHAT! You've never tried a garlic cat? CLICK! This one's on me. ;)

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  15. I love the cookies made of the real stuff

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    1. Adam.
      When i was younger and could still eat the sweets, I absolutely loved the ginger cookies dunked in either coffee or milk. You have good ginger taste. ha

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  16. I am discovering more about ginger; I do like the taste of it when cooked in certain foods.

    WTG for finishing the challenge! The posts I read about herbs were interesting and I did learn a lot of things I hadn't known before.

    betty

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    1. betty
      Thanks for your support and I certainly enjoyed reading your posts. I can almost smell the sea air on your nautical posts.

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  17. Wow, you made it through. I have been bad about commenting lately.
    Ginger is good stuff. I like it a lot, especially the fresh stuff. It smells so good when you grate it. I just need to remember to flavor my meals with more of this good stuff and not just the 'go-to's' of garlic, herbs de provence or cracked black pepper.

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    1. Jasmine
      Thank you for your support. I know how busy you must be with your move. It's hard work and an emotional strain. I don't use a whole lot of spices either but I usually keep ginger in the fridge.

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  18. Ginger is one of my favourites too, in teas and in cooking. It's quite versatile adding zing to a lot of things. Great for digestion and the circulation too.

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    1. River
      I agree on all your merits of ginger. Thank you for your loyal support and all your worthy comments. You have a store- house of herbal knowledge and I enjoyed reading your comments. See ya later

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  19. I am very fond of ginger, it's great in stews and soups in winter gives them extra zing.
    Merle..................

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    1. Merle
      I agree and I enjoy all the photos you have on your blog of your family meals. I just know you are a delightful cook lots of your dishes are spiced with ginger. Thank you for your suppor during the challenge.

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  20. I just bought some ginger yesterday. I put it in the vinegar with the garlic, hot pepper and all that stuff. YUCK!!

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    1. Terry
      Really? No good, huh. Did it clash with the garlic. I don't know if I ever tried that combo before. Good to be warned. Ha

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    2. It didn't clash with it... just all those herbs are pretty strong together. I have been feeling like I am getting a sore throat... the first in probably 5 or more years. The garlic, hot pepper and ginger about burn my throat out. Probably helps though.

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  21. I love ginger. I eat it, drink it... There's something special about ginger. It's instantly recognizable. Have you ever tried Jamaican ginger beer? They call it beer but obviously it's not.

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    1. The Blue
      That's the stuff you buy in the health food store, right? Yes I love that zippy taste and used to buy one every time I went in the store but I had to force myself to stop. That bite really walked up the ole bode, didn't it.

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    2. It sure is.... I hope I won't have to force myself to stop.

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  22. I try to bring ginger with me on trips for nausea or stomach upset. I bought a bunch of it during our trip to Southeast Asia.

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    1. Kay
      Now that is a great idea. That is one reason I don't travel anymore because although I love the new foods, my body doesn't agree wth me.

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  23. Manzi, I'm a ginger lover too! ;) This is one of my fav spices. Your shelf looks like from a magical shop! Hmm..paralysis of the tongue?? Is it... after talking too much? ))

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    1. Zara
      Hahahaha I think so. I know of some people who should keep the paralysis of the tongue and skip the ginger.

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  24. Ginger is it! What a great spice/herb for just about everything.

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    1. JJ
      I agree...... like the spice of life.

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  25. I love ginger. Besides its medicinal properties I love the way it smells on tea!

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    1. D Biswas
      I recently began using ginger in tea and I agree, it's the missing zip.

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  26. Even though I thought Ginger was attractive, I'm more a Mary Ann kind of guy.
    Oops, that wasn't what you meant.
    Sorry. That's what I get for being away for over a month.

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    1. Al
      Are you just making an appearance or are you back? You are missed by everyone, including Ginger. Thanks for commenting

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  27. I like ginger. It's great in Asian food - and gingerbread cookies!

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    1. Sherry
      Ginger is a snappy flavor..... I agree.

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  28. Wow! You've got a LOT of herbs.

    I usually have a piece of ginger root in the fridge, because a few scrapings of that can really pep up a recipe.

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    1. Susan
      Me too. I always keep fresh ginger on hand. The spice of life. Ha

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  29. Love my ginger, lemon and honey tea!!

    Huge congrats with finishing the A-Z challenge! Take care
    x

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    1. Old Kitty
      Ummm that is the best. Thanks but my butt was dragg'n this year because I was trying to balance the A-Z with all the outdoor spring work.

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  30. I'm here to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!! :)

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    1. Rosey
      And I sincerely hope your Mother's Day was full of good surprises.

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  32. Dear Manzanita, I drink ginger tea when my stomach is upset. I've done that for years and it's a sure cure! Thanks so much for your A-Z month in which you've presented us with herbs. I've learned a lot. Peace.

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    1. Dee
      Thanks. It was a fun challenge again. Hope you are feeling better.

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  33. Just stopping bye to say..... hi!

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  34. Congrats on completing another A-Z challenge Manzanita :)

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    1. Keith
      Thanks..... another one along the wayside.

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