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Ginger

Both the ginger plant and the ginger root are grown in Asia, India, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. The root, a pale brown thing that resembles gnarled tree branches and has a spicy, zesty smell and flavor, is used both in cooking and in medicine. Ginger is used in curries, pickled in Japanese preparations and tossed into many Chinese dishes. Ginger is also a natural antibacterial substance.