Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in Southeast Asia. It’s among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It’s often called ginger root or, simply, ginger.
The unique fragrance and flavour of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol – the main bioactive compound in ginger. Gingerol has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and as such believed to boost immune health.
The stem ginger that we use in our gelato is the preserved fresh young roots of the ginger plant. The roots are peeled, sliced and cooked in sugar syrup.