Ginger “Root” is not really a root at all, but is a rhizome and is therefore the underground stem of the plant. has a long history of cultivation, having originated in China and spread all over the world. Important in Chinese medicine for centuries, is mentioned in the writing of Confucius. It became so popular in Europe that it was common to have at every table setting, like salt and pepper. Widely used by Asian and Indian cultures, is generally grated or ground for its mild, peppery flavor. Essential in many soup and meat dishes,is also used in the making of gin