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Value-Added Products Ideas for Ginger

A vast range of goods may be made from ginger including ginger candy, ginger powder, ginger oil, and ginger oleoresins. Ginger is a significant economic crop with several uses. In this article we will mainly talk about different value-added products of ginger.

Sonali Behera
Ginger is widely used as a flavour in many different culinary preparations, beverages, ginger bread, soups, pickles, and many soft drinks due to its warm, spicy flavour and a pleasant aroma.
Ginger is widely used as a flavour in many different culinary preparations, beverages, ginger bread, soups, pickles, and many soft drinks due to its warm, spicy flavour and a pleasant aroma.

A very significant economic crop, ginger is grown for its flavourful rhizomes, which are used in both cooking and medicines. Both the dried ginger spice and the crystallized, preserved ginger are highly prized. Although ginger is a perennial plant, it is typically planted as an annual for spice harvesting. Ginger may be planted as an intercrop in coconut, coffee, and orange plantations and does best in light shade.

Ginger is widely used as a flavour in many different culinary preparations, beverages, bread, soups, pickles, and many soft drinks due to its warm, spicy flavour and pleasant aroma. There are two main forms of ginger: dried or cured ginger used in the spice trade, for extracts, oleoresins, and the distillation of its volatile oil. Fresh green ginger is used to make candied ginger (in sugar syrup).

Numerous ginger cultivars are cultivated in various regions of India, and they are often called by the regions in which they are raised. Indigenous cultivars including Maran, Kuruppampadi, Ernad, Wayanad, Himachal, and Nadia are some of the most well-known. Among growers, the exotic cultivar "Rio-de-Janeiro" has grown to be particularly well-liked.

One of the top spices grown in Asia is ginger, and 40% of the ginger grown worldwide is produced in India. Due to its many beneficial uses and great demand in both domestic and foreign markets, ginger root. Farmers may use it to create gold. It is a member of the Zingiberaceae family and is related to galangal, cardamon, and turmeric. Because of its health advantages, households choose ginger at the neighborhood market.

Different Value-Added Products of Ginger:

Ginger Oil:

Steam distillation is used to produce essential oils, whereas solvent extraction is used to produce oleoresins. As a result, whereas oleoresins also contain components that are soluble in the solvent used in the extraction process, essential oils only contain the volatile portion of the spice.

The food industry prefers oils and oleoresins to dry spices for flavoring because they are more stable, cleaner, and contaminant-free. They may also be standardized by mixing oils from various sources.

The ginger pungency is caused by gingerols, of which gingerol is the most prevalent. However, during the distillation process, heat causes gingerols to break down, thus they are more plentiful in oleoresin extractives. Zingerone and shogaols, which are also decomposition by-products of gingerol, are other substances with a pungent quality. Oleoresin was previously produced in the nation that imported it, but more recently, producing countries have realized the value-added of creating their extractives. Food preparation and the production of soft drinks and ginger beer both employ essential oils.

Ginger Candies:

Ginger Candy (Crystallized Ginger) is a delectable condiment that is simultaneously sweet, sour, spicy, crunchy, and chewy. Due to its many therapeutic characteristics, ginger candy promotes health and treats a variety of diseases. Ginger helps in easing throat issues and muscular discomfort. You can create it at your home and serve it as sweets, or you can add it for an extra taste boost, by adding it to your recipe for fruit cake or cookies.

Ginger Powder:

The dried ginger root is used to make ginger powder. Typically, fresh ginger root is sun-dried before being pulverized into a thin white powder. Many different cuisines use it. Numerous health enthusiasts are becoming aware of the various advantages of ginger powder. This powder is highly favored in part because of its long shelf life. Various languages use different names for it, like Telugu’s sonti, Kannada's shunti, Gujarati's soonth, Marathi's suntha, Hindi's saunth, and Malayalam's chukku.

Ginger Paste:

The canned ginger paste was developed experimentally as a value-added product in Hawaii with rising ginger output. In India, diced and macerated ginger, 35% garlic, and 15% salt are typically used to make a ginger paste.

Dried Gingers

The majority of Indian ginger shipped is washed, dried, unpeeled, or rather loosely peeled. Ginger has a deeper hue and a greater monoterpene concentration, which results in a more pungent scent with camphoraceous overtones; it has a high oil content and degree of pungency; therefore, it is more potent than other types of ginger is typically chosen for the manufacture of oleoresins and oils. Typically, dried ginger is pulverized and then used to create spices and masalas for stews, marinades, gravies, and other dishes. Teas are brewed with powdered or crushed dried ginger.

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