Celebrate the Day
Gingerbread in June? Why not! Ginger is a knobby, fibrous root with smooth light brown skin with a sheen to it. The flesh of the root is white. Ginger root is said to stimulate gastric juices, and provide warming and soothing effects for colds and coughs. Ginger was used in ancient times as a food preservative and to help treat digestive problems. Greeks would eat ginger srapped in bread. Eventually, ginger was added to the bread dough creating that wonderful treat we love today called gingerbread. Ginger ale eventually stemmed from a ginger beer made by the English and Colonial America to remedy nausea. Ginger thrives in the tropics and warmer regions and is therefore currently grown in parts of West Africa, the West Indies, India and China with the best quality ginger coming from Jamaica where it is most abundant. So, celebrate the day and find your favorite gingerbread recipe.