Ginger (root)

Ginger, Zingiber officinale, is an herb grown in a number of Asian, African and Caribbean countries. The roots and underground stems have long been used in traditional Chinese, Indian and Japanese cultures. Ginger is widely used as a food spice, especially in Oriental cooking. Dried powdered root is also used in herbal teas and supplements 1. Ginger is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a spice or natural seasoning (21CFR182.10).

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Leung A, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1996.