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Zingiber officinale Roscoe

(botanical nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Zingiber officinale Roscoe
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Amomum zingiber Linné, 1753: 1. Type locality: India.

Ingwer, Ingber, Imber, Immerwurzel, Ingwerwurzel


At present days, Ginger is cultivated throughout the tropical and subtropical zones of the earth, although originally it comes from south-eastern Asia (precise origin unknown).


Hawaii, Big Island      
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Importance for humans:

Ginger root      
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Ginger root is one of the most important spices, especially in the Asian kitchen. It is used freshly, in thin slices, or dried and ground to powder for meat, stews but also various sweets and gives them their characteristic hot and spicy taste.

Ginger root is also an ingredient of the Tinctura aromatica. The latter belongs to the group of the provoking medicines (Erethistica) and is used against flatulences and stomach troubles. An old recipe reads as follows (Mohr 1854):
"Nimm: Zimmtcassie zwei Unzen [16 Gramm], kleine Kardamomen, Gewürznelken, Galgantwurzel, Ingwerwurzel von jedem eine halbe Unze [4 Gramm]. Pulvere sie gröblich, und gieße darauf rektifizierten Weingeist zwei Pfund. Mazeriere acht Tage in einem verschlossenen häufig zu schüttelnden Gefäße, dann presse aus und filtriere. Sie sei von rothbrauner Farbe." (wikipedia 2020).

Worth knowing:


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species plantarum, exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas vol. I. L. Salvius, Stockholm: 1-560.
Mohr, K. F. 1854. Commentar zur Preussischen Pharmakopoe (6. Auflage). Vieweg und Sohn, Braunschweig, Band II, S. 373.
Seite "Ingwer". In: Wikipedia, Die freie Enzyklopädie. Bearbeitungsstand: 19. Juni 2020, 04:12 UTC. URL: https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ingwer&oldid=201108222 [online 2020.07.10].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2020.05.27
Kurz Michael: 2020.07.10
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