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Following the Spice Trail: Ginger

Posted: March 18, 2008

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Oil Composition

Ginger essential oil consists mostly of mono- and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons. The GLC traces demonstrate the varying levels of the main components of ginger essential oils from India and China. The two different sources are close in composition, although Indian oils can differ from Chinese oils in that they contain slightly higher levels of both linalool and beta-sesquiphellandrene. However, these variations could also be explained by differences in the freshness or dryness of the root distilled. As with all plant crops, it is vital that stockists monitor their sources to ensure continuity of supply. 


The world over, ginger is considered a valuable spice for many purposes. Its characteristic aroma makes it an ideal flavor ingredient to add distinctive notes to a multitude of food and beverage systems.

*Ginger's name is thought to have come from the Sanskrit word meaning "horn-shaped."