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Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant, which originated in Southern Asia. It is in the same family as turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. In western cuisine, ginger is often used in sweet foods and drinks, like gingerale and gingerbread cookies. However, in eastern cuisines, it is often used in more savory foods like curries and stir-fries. (Read more on Wikipedia.)

Ginger is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. It is a proven treatment for nausea and may also have anti-inflammatory and cancer preventing properties. (Read more on World's Healthiest Foods.)

Place unpeeled ginger in a sealable plastic bag and store in crisper for up to two weeks. If you need to store fresh ginger long-term, it can be frozen in an airtight container.