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Batch CCCXXIV. Schwarzwald, Tuesday November 21, 2017 NO. 47
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Ginger - Zingiber Officinale

The Monkey and his magic root

A member of the ginger family, root ginger is a monocotyledonous plant whose rootstock, or “rhizome”, is used as both a spice and a type of medicine. Indigenous to the tropics and subtropics, zingiber officinale is cultivated in countries such as Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Japan and China and, as a herbaceous plant, grows up to a metre high. The yellow-and-brown rhizome, which is extensively branched and grows underground, is characterised by a uniquely aromatic scent and contains the active ingredients of the tropical spice plant. Comprising about 3% essential oil, the root’s sharp taste features heavily in many flavours and plays a key role in the distinctive sensory attributes of not just culinary specialities but also the Black Forest’s healing waters. Montgomery Collins himself, the forefather of Monkey 47, was a firm believer in the curative powers of zingiber officinale and, at the first signs of a cold, swore by the benefits of freshly brewed ginger tea.

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