Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and a folk medicine.
Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice. While young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a mild taste, mature ginger rhizomes are fibrous and nearly dry.
Fresh ginger may be peeled before eating. For longer-term storage, the ginger can be placed in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen.