Crystallized ginger (sometimes known as candy ginger) is ideal for
a spicy snack, a unique cup of tea, or an ingredient in your
What is Crystallized Ginger?
Crystallized ginger is made of gingerroot that has been cooked
until softened, and then lightly coated in sugar. Our candied
ginger is pungent with a spicy-sweet flavor and is moist and chewy.
It is embraced as a natural remedy for reducing hot flashes - huge
numbers of women swear by it. Crystallized ginger helps alleviate
indigestion and colds…and don't forget to take it with you on boat
trips for sea sickness! (Some of us here know from experience that
candied ginger is an absolutely essential part of your travel kit…)
Interestingly, ginger itself is as old as the recorded history of
man. A native to southern Asia and India, it is spoken of in the
Jewish Talmud, written about by Marco Polo, and even recommended by
Henry VIII as a remedy against the plague.
3 Surprising Health Benefits of Crystallized Ginger
1) Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Crystallized ginger can reduce
inflammation and relieve the pain associated with it. A 2012 study
published in the journalArthritis compared the anti-inflammatory
effect of ginger extract to that of common drugs used in the
treatment of arthritis, such as cortisone and ibuprofen. The
researchers observed that ginger extract was as effective as
cortisone at relieving arthritic pain, and that ginger can treat
inflammation without the negative side effects associated with the
2) Treatment for Nausea: Ginger has long been used as a natural
remedy to alleviate nausea caused by motion sickness, morning
sickness, and chemotherapy. A study funded by the National Cancer
Institute examined over 600 people who had experienced nausea after
a chemotherapy treatment. Those patients who received ginger
supplements throughout the rest of their treatments experienced a
40 percent reduction in nausea symptoms.
3) Immunity-Booster: During flu season, make sure you have candy
ginger on hand! Ginger contains active compounds that can relieve
sinuses and protect the body against toxins and viruses. A 2008
article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
discussed ginger’s ability to activate T-cells, a group of white
blood cells that help destroy viruses and tumor cells.
Crystallized Ginger Uses
Crystallized ginger is a versatile snack that you can enjoy on its
own or paired with other foods. Chop our candied ginger into small
pieces and add it to baked goods like cookies, breads, and cakes
for a kick of sweet spice. For a quick ginger tea, steep a piece of
our crystallized ginger in a hot cup of water. An aromatic ginger
tea will await you in a matter of minutes. Candied ginger also adds
zest to stir-frys and other savory dishes. Get creative with it!
Our Registered Dietitian's Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut likes to add crystallized
ginger to stir fries (throw in some cashews, too!). Also, keep a
bag of this on hand to boost immunity and to eliminate nausea!
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) has also been classified as an
aid to quit smoking. It has a soothing effect on the lining of the
mucous membranes and helps prevent nausea.