10 Interesting Facts About Ginger

Author: Kaylee Dunbar   Date Posted:22 December 2015 

Our top 10 most interesting facts about ginger:


  1. The concentration of the essential oils found in ginger increases as ginger ages therefore it is recommended that ginger oil not be extracted from ginger until it has been harvested for a minimum of 9 months.
  2. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries a pound of ginger was equivalent to the cost of a sheep.
  3. When ginger is pickled in sweet vinegar it turns the colour pink which is often seen in sushi.
  4. The root of ginger is more pungent therefore is utilised in spices.
  5. Queen Elizabeth I of England has been credited with the invention of the gingerbread man.

  6. The top five countries that produce the most ginger is India (producing 34.6%), China (producing 19.1%), Nepal (10.6%), Nigeria (7.8%) and Thailand (7.5%).
  7. Ginger is mentioned in the Bible, Koran and the Talmud.
  8. Ginger is not actually a root, it’s a rhizome. A rhizome is a defined as an underground plant stem which is able to produce root and shoot systems of a new plant.
  9. Ginger possesses a therapeutic action called a sialagogue which is responsible for stimulating saliva production.
  10. Ground ginger root has a higher nutritional value than raw ginger root.


Written by Kaylee Dunbar

Kaylee has a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy and an Advanced Diploma as a Pharmacy Technician. Her passion for natural medicine first began when she worked as a pharmacy technician and saw how many people were looking for more ways to support their health.

This sparked her interest in learning how to support health using complementary medicine alongside orthodox medicine. Her main objective is to inspire and educate others about the benefits of natural medicine and how to apply it to everyday life.

Although Kaylee is passionate about natural medicine she does not mind a glass of red wine every now and again!