The International Herb Association selects the Herb of the Year.  This professional trade association provides educational, service and development opportunities for those involved in herbal endeavors. 

Herb of the Year 2023 – Ginger Zingiber Officinale

Ginger Zingiber Officinale is a flowering plant whose rhizome (Ginger Root) is used for culinary and medicinal purposes.  The root is gnarled and has a pungent spicy-sweet flavor.  It is an herb native to Asia.

Ginger is grown by planting root stalk cuttings in fertile soil.  The plant will grow 2 to 4 feet tall with grass like leaves and yellow flowers it takes approximately 10 months to grow to full maturity.  Once the leaves die the rhizomes are dug up from underground.  Fresh ginger root is light brown on the outside and pale yellow inside.    

Ginger is considered a spice when used ground or powdered.  It is an herb when used fresh and considered a vegetable when used culinary.  It can be used in baking, teas, sauces, soups, and added to tofu, rice, veggies and meats.  Ginger Ale is made with ginger root.

Ginger aids digestion, helps reduce nausea and headaches.  It can also be used to help with colds and flu and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.