Common name: Ginger (English); Gemmer (Afrikaans)
2. ORIGIN AND DISTRIBUTION
has been grown in tropical Asia since ancient times. The ancient use of
ginger as a flavouring pre-dates historical records. Because ginger is
not found in the wild, its origins are uncertain. It is likely to have
originated from India as ginger plants there show the most biological
ginger plants were carried on local vessels travelling the maritime
trade routes of the Indian Ocean and South China Sea in the 5th century
AD and probably before. The plants would have rapidly spread too many
other countries along the way.
In the 16th century ginger was introduced to East Africa and the Caribbean. It is now cultivated throughout the humid tropics.
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