Ginger tea has been used for centuries in Asia to improve nausea symptoms.


  • Ginger is a member of the Zingiberaceae botanical family which also includes turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
  • Though often called ginger root, ginger is actually a rhizome or stem that grows horizontally underground.
  • It is native to southeast Asia and is used to flavor foods and beverages.


  • Ground ginger is an excellent source of manganese.
    • Manganese assists with wound healing, cartilage and bone formation, and carbohydrate, protein, and cholesterol metabolism.

How to Purchase, Prepare, and Store

  • Purchase fresh ginger year round at grocery stores.
  • Ginger can also be bought dried as a spice.
  • Choose fresh ginger that is smooth and firm, and avoid those with wrinkly skin and blemishes.
  • Store on the countertop if using within one week, or store in a bag in the crisper drawer for up to three weeks.
  • Ginger can also be stored in an airtight bag in the freezer for up to three months.
  • Prepare ginger just prior to use by scraping off the outer skin using the back of a spoon. You can also use a paring knife or vegetable peeler.
  • Next, grate, mince, chop, slice, or cut into matchsticks.
  • Create a tea by steeping a piece of the fresh root in boiling water.
  • Use in marinades, baked goods, or your favorite side dishes or soups.

Nutrition Facts

1 Tablespoon ginger, raw

  • Calories: 4.8
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Fat: 0.02 g
  • Carbohydrate: 1.07 g
  • Fiber: 0.12 g
  • Calcium: 0.96 mg
  • Iron: 0.04 mg
  • Magnesium: 2.58 mg
  • Phosphorus: 2.04 mg
  • Folate: 0.66 µg
  • Vitamin A: 0.0 µg



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