Ginger juice has a strong and – a taste that has wonderful health benefits for your body. But before we dive into the benefits or what ginger juice is all about, we will first identify where we can get the juice from.
What is ginger?
The plant is a herbaceous perennial (herbaceous meaning that its stems have no wood but grows to their full height while producing flowers within one year, dies during the winter season, then blossoms again during spring.
Perennial defines the lifespan of the plant, where a plant lives for more than two years) that are considered to have pseudostems- trundled bases of leaves that look like stems- which grow to one meter with long narrow leaves.
It is believed that ginger’s origin is from Southeast Asia but presently it is grown globally. If you’re from the Caribbean this plant shouldn’t be new to you- we all must had a story told or a relative that told us about using ginger to ‘feel better.
Fresh Ginger Juice
If your stomach hurts -“Drink some ginger tea”. Said you had a headache? “Drink some ginger tea!”. Jamaicans pronounce it as ginja so they’d say “drink some ginja tea!” Though in those cases it helped but sometimes you heard of some folklore medicinal uses of ginger. Folklore because it hasn’t been proven scientifically.
But what you will find is that ginger has amazing health benefits and is ranked among the healthiest and most delicious spices in the world.
Ginger (the rhizome) has several small protrusions called knobs (like fingers) that is a light brown color with thin lines on its smooth skin while its inside is of a light- yellow color with a nice scent.
The rhizome of ginger is sometimes mixed up with turmeric, but that’s because it looks similar and is from the same family- Zingiberaceae.
For simplicity, you will find that throughout the remainder of this article, ginger’s rhizome will be called ginger without specification. As mentioned earlier, it is the rhizome that is mostly used and not the pseudostem or leaves of the plant-although the leaves and ‘stems’ are edible.
What is ginger used for?
Ginger is used as a spice (in the form of a flavoring agent mostly) in many dishes, for medicinal uses, for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics, and even as a beverage.
Fresh vs Ground Ginger
Fresh ginger is the raw ginger root while ground ginger is usually the powder form of ginger. Ground ginger is usually used in desserts or other baking products or in teabags.
What is ginger juice?
Ginger juice is the liquid obtained from ginger via juicing with a juicer, blending or juicing the grated ginger. It’s actually quick and easy to do and a big plus it’s very nutritious and if done right (not too potent) it is delicious.
Ginger Juice Ingredients
- 4 cups filtered water, or coconut water
- 1 cup ginger
- 1 medium lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, to sweeten to taste
How to make ginger juice
You can grate fresh ginger, slice it to blend or place the cut pieces into a juicer. In this article, we will direct you on how to blend and grate ginger to get a natural homemade ginger juice.
- Ensure that you wash the ginger(s) thoroughly. This is dependent on the amount you want. Hence, use moderately. For one glass full or a bit overuse approximately 1 or 1 ½ knob of ginger. This when chopped up is ¼ cup if it is 4 inches or less.
- Dice or slice up the ginger.
- Add 1 cup or 1 ¼ cup of water or coconut water (for more flavor) to a clean Blender.
- Add the sliced or diced ginger pieces into the blender. Securely place the lid back on.
- Blend for approximately 1 minute.
- Remove the blender’s lid and strain with a strainer/sieve into a container. Squeeze any excess juice remaining then discard the residue or put it aside for further usage at another time.
- This step is optional- add about two tablespoons of your favorite sweetener and stir. This reduces some of the harshness or potency of the flavor that ginger gives off. You can put the juice to refrigerate while you wash up.
- Pour the liquid in a glass and bon appétit!
- Wash the amount of ginger you will be using. Remember one 4-inch knob of ginger can be used for 1 glass of ginger juice.
- Get a clean container or bowl (that is wide enough) and a clean grater.
- Ensure that the grater is within the bowl or container and start grating the knobs of ginger.
- Use 1 cup of water or coconut water and pour it into the bowl with the grated ginger. To get some of the residues of the ginger off the grater, pour some of the water on it over the bowl. After place the grater in the sink to wash.
- Gently squeeze the grated ginger with your fingers in the bowl for a few minutes. In other words, the process of ‘juicing’ has started, just manually.
- Strain with a strainer or sieve into a clean container.
- This step is optional- Sweeten with sugar or honey (vegan or regular) and stir.
- Pour the juice into a clean glass.
- Wash your hands and the utensils used then enjoy! You can put ice-cubes if you desire! Or just refrigerate to cool for a few minutes.
The juicing method:
is quite easy if you’re using a juicer. Just cut the ginger knobs into half or slices then place them into the juicer and it will do the rest.
Be reminded though to add some water or coconut water to the extract, because it will be very harsh/potent. Enjoy your fresh ginger homemade juice! Just don’t forget to clean up, especially avoid using your hands near your eyes during the process. It will burn! Therefore, wash thoroughly after you are finished.
How To Drink Ginger Juice?
Dilute ginger juice with water or coconut water, sweeten to taste. You can warm your juice up and drink as a tea or serve with ice and drink cold.
How To Store Ginger Juice?
Store ginger juice in a glass container with a tight lid for about 5-7 days.
Health Benefits of ginger juice
You’ve probably wondered what’s the hype about ginger? Well, ginger has many nutrients and compounds that are good for your body’s health. These include gingerol, iron, macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat), magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B9 (Folate), Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) and zinc. Read More.
By drinking ginger juice, you may find that it:
- Reduces inflammation– Ginger has anti-inflammatory characteristics that may ease joint pain caused by inflammation due to arthritis. It may also relieve pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- Reduces high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)– The gingerol, magnesium, and other compounds help to regulate the amount of insulin in the blood.
- Aids in relieving menstrual cramps.
- Prevents cold and flu.
- Reduces the risk of cancer- Due to gingerol properties.
- Relieves upset stomach, nausea, and indigestion.
- It May help with weight loss.
- Assists in fighting infections (mainly due to gingerol).
- May lower cholesterol.
- May improve brain functionality.
Recipes With Ginger
- Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
- Carrot Cake Donuts With Ginger
- Sorrel Drink
- Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce
So, that was fun right? You now know more about ginger and how to make ginger juice! So, don’t be stingy and share with your friends and family!
However, a disclaimer is to not consume too much ginger/ginger juice or it will cause adverse reactions- for example, diarrhea or stomach pain. Persons with cholelithiasis (gallstones) should consult their doctor before using or drinking it. Stay safe and until next time, Bon Appétit!
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- Energy: 105 kcal / 439 kJ
- Fat: 1.4 g
- Protein: 2.1 g
- Carbs: 23.4 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- For: 4 Servings
- Scrub the ginger roots properly, you can leave the skin on or peel
- In a high-speed blender jug, pour water.
- Add ginger and lemon juice.
- Start the blender and process until you get a smooth texture.
- Strain juice using a fine sieve, nut milk bag, or tea towel, to strain the juice.
- Pour the juice into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- To serve, pour 1/4 cup of ginger juice in a glass. Add 1 cup of water and sweeten with your favorite sweetener to taste