Ginger is one of the most valued spices and is native to India. Derived from tuberous root, ginger is usually cleaned and dried and lends a fiery and pungent flavor. It is widely cultivated in Kerala and is grown in every season of the year. The variety of Ginger cultivated in Kerala, termed as Cochin ginger, is considered as the best ginger in the world, and commands premium price with its unique lemony flavor and tender texture. Ginger is regarded as a taste maker as well as a flavoring and appetizer agent, and finds application in oriental cookery, preservatives, confectionery, wine and tea.
The medicinal properties of ginger include healing of respiratory and digestive infections.