The taste of dried ginger is more aromatic than pungent and is used quite often in bakery products such as spicy crackers. It is used crushed in Punjabi marinades for tandoori starters, of both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian varieties. It enhances the flavor of rich gravies and soups. Dried ginger is often a constituent of many powdered spices and masalas which are then used in gravies, curries, marinades, etc,. Also it makes a great spicy snack, and adds extra flavor to your cup of tea.
Ginger has been used in natural medicine for a long time, and has been known to alleviate indigestion, common cold, nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort.
It is a tropical plant with the centre of origin in India and Malaysia. Now it is widely cultivated in India, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Malaysia, Southern China and Japan.