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Zingiber officinale rhizome
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber
Mill., 1754

Zingiber officinale is culinery ginger
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The genus Zingiber contains the true gingers, a set of plants with medicinal and culinary value in many parts of the world. The most well-known is Z. officinale, garden ginger.


Each ginger species has a different culinary usage; for example, myoga is valued for the stem and flowers. Garden ginger's rhizome is the classic spice "ginger", and may be used whole, candied (known commonly as crystallized ginger), or dried and powdered. Other popular gingers used in cooking include cardamom and turmeric,[1] though neither of these examples is a "true ginger" - they belong to different genera in the Zingiberaceae family.


The Plant List[2] records the following accepted names for Zingiber species:


  1. ^ "Flower notebook: Zingiber". Kalani Tropicals. Retrieved november 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zingiber". The Plant List; Version 1. (published on the internet). 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2011.