Friday, January 20, 2012

GINGER, "BLUEISH OR GREENISH" is that a matter of concern? or we should be lucky to have it?

When it comes to aesthetics, food is not an exception. We tend to become apprehensive and judgemental if the object of visual appreciation looks different than others from the same category. If it does not fit in the common expected looks, we tend to panic. Ginger is an example of this reaction. When ginger bought from a store, after cutting or breaking a piece, happens to show a "blue ring" inside  and around the peripheral inner area, it is NOT a sign of something wrong with the ginger, it is actually a terapheutical ginger and we should considered ourselves lucky to have found it, and usually it is sold at the same price of the other yellow and white types.

The research indicates the following:

Paul Schulick in his book entitled: Ginger: Common spice & wonder drug, states the following:

"The ginger rhizome is aromatic and thick lobed and ranges from white to yellow in color: One of the prized varieties and most unusual exception to this color range is a variety that possesses a characteristic blue ring which circles the fleshy interior." (p.6)
"Since the focus of this book is on the medicinal properties of ginger, it is significant to note that the only specific variety actually singled out from a therapeutic standpoint is the blue ring, which is reported to contain the highest proteolytic or protein-digesting enzyme content." Thompson, E. H. et al. "Ginger rhizome: a new source of proteolytic enzyme." Journal of Food Science 38, no.4 (1973):
Moreover, Eliza Secrist in her article: "Ginger, the Universal Medicine, analyzes the valuable properties of "blue ring" ginger as follows:
Although well known as a pleasant tasting cooking spice, it is not so widely known that ginger has been used for thousands of years, worldwide, for its numerous potent healing benefits. Ginger is an especially wonderful ally because its healing benefits are particular to so many of our daily health concerns. Probably best known as a superb digestive aid and nausea reliever, ginger also helps heal ulcers, supports cardiovascular health, reduces pain and inflammation, and speeds recovery from colds and flu while reducing fevers.

Additionally, the National Cancer Institute has recently identified ginger as one of the top ten foods offering the highest levels of anti-cancer activity. Most importantly, ginger accomplishes all these without the side effects associated with drugs. As is true of all botanicals, growing conditions and quality have enormous impact on the quantity of active compounds found in ginger. Look for the highest-grade organic ginger you can find. In many cases, a blend of fresh and dried ginger is most effective.

Today not only is it our most widely cultivated spice, it is also one of the most widely researched. Norman Farnsworth, Ph. D., senior university scholar of pharmacology and Director of the World Health Organization Centre for Traditional Medicine at the University of Illinois, calls ginger "one of the three most thoroughly investigated plants in the history of the world." As is the case with many herbs, current research and clinical studies validate the traditional or "folk" uses of the plant.

Moreover, when selecting ginger, please be aware that quality matters. There are many grades of ginger available. For best results, choose the highest grades. It is also wise to select ginger products manufactured from the 'blue ring' variety of ginger. Medical research has found this particular variety contains the highest level of digestive enzymes. Finally, ginger is a heavily fumigated crop. If you are using concentrated forms of ginger (extracts, syrups and dried powder), you are also potentially receiving concentrated amounts of these chemicals. For this reason, it is wise to seek out organic sources and products.
Eliza Secrist is a Licensed Certified Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant, the former Director of a Women's Resource Center and the Clinic Manager of a Women's Health Center, who has been teaching and counseling for 10 years,
My advice to everyone is to try to get ORGANIC ginger as much as possible or grow your own. I am starting to grow organic "blue ring ginger" in my garden, and if I am successful, I will have it fresh and sundried/powdered for cooking and pastries. Follow me soon in my webpage.
To your health!!


  1. Can you post pictures of the difference between the blue ring and other types of ginger for everyone to see?


  2. Hi noswald:
    Thank you for your suggestion. You could go to Google and type:

    "blue ring ginger organic photos" and you will see there the different images of yellow, white and blue ginger.
    I hope this helps.

    Have a healthy day!

  3. Well, I'm somewhat reassured that the blue ring is not mold, but not 100% sure it's not some chemical since you say ginger is heavily fumigated. I have been buying nonorganic because it is much fresher and bigger. All of the organic ginger I find is tiny and shriveled! But now I'm worried that the nonorganic might be full of chemicals. Oh well, thanks.

    1. "Fresher and bigger", I wonder if you have ever considered checking country of origin? Virtually all mass produced ginger is from China, I have never found a supermarket selling anything other than Chinese ginger. It was a state secret until recently that most of china's growing fields, now surrounded by factories irrigating the crops with toxins, are the most polluted of all commercial growers. Eating root vegetables from china is a metabolic disaster in the making. The so called organic certification out of China isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
      Peruvian organic ginger is a better bet.

  4. Teri, if you could grow your own ginger, that the best way to assure you have something is good and fresh, free from chemicals. The organic are small, but it does not matter the size, the quality is superior. Growing ginger is not difficult. If you want tips on how to grow your own ginger, you can email me at and we will more than happy to share a bit of knowledge ... :) <3

  5. I am searching for Blue Ginger to purchase online and having absolutely no luck at all. Does anyone have a link for a distributor/retailer in Canada or who is willing to deliver to Canada?

    1. Hi Frank Veri, this is Sai from Myanmar and our company is trying to export fresh ginger to US and EU market. Most of our ginger variety are blue ring ginger but the world market is influenced by yellow variety ginger. Most of the customers don't know about blue ring ginger.