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The ancient Indians and Chinese have praised ginger as far back as we have physical records.
Although ginger originated in Southeast Asia, it was widely cultivated in other countries.
By the 1st century, traders had taken ginger into the Mediterranean regions. Eventually, it became a popular spice in Rome.
Unfortunately, ginger fell from use once the Roman Empire fell. At this point, ginger's worth had increased.
After the end of the Roman Empire, the Arabs took control of the spice trade from the east. Ginger became quite costly like many other spices. In medieval times it was commonly imported in a preserved form and became a component in sweets.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a warmth generating spice and comes from the same family as cardamom and turmeric.
It has been used in Asian food for centuries. It also became a popular spice in the Caribbean where it could be easily grown.
In the 15th century, ginger plants were carried on ships, which is probably how they were introduced to the Caribbean as well as Africa.
Today ginger is grown throughout the tropics. Ginger has been traded throughout history longer than most other spices.
Now, ginger is easily accessible at local grocery stores and international markets, but back in the 14th century it cost about the same amount as a live sheep or piece of livestock!