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Zest Up Your Palate With Ginger!

12/5/2008 10:17:46 AM

Tags: ting ting jahe, gin gins, ginger, candy, nausea

When I think about herbs, I never really associate them with candy.

But last week, during the Thanksgiving holiday at several people's homes, I saw kitchen and coffee tables donned with bowls of Ting Ting Jahe, a ginger candy.

Ting Ting Jahe candy is wrapped in rice paper, underneath regular wrapping. Picture from to, Ting Ting Jahe is made in Indonesia and consists of sugar, maltose, ginger, starch and non-gluten rice.

Once you get past the rice paper coating and to the chewy candy wrapped inside, the spice becomes overwhelming. The first time I tried one, I could barely handle it. After that, I couldn't get enough.

Another ginger candy to try, described as "double strength ginger hard candy," is The Ginger People's Gin Gins. It boasts 30 percent fresh ginger and is equally as tasty as Ting Ting Jahe. However, Gin Gins are smaller, so they don't taste as spicy (unless you eat several in one sitting). Gin Gins contain 30 percent fresh ginger. Photo from 

What are the benefits of ginger candy, besides their spice and great taste? The benefits that make ginger especially important to begin with: It helps decrease motion sickness, vomiting and nausea.

I ate a Ting Ting Jahe candy before a flight last week, and even though I spent most of the trip asleep, I didn't feel a bit of motion sickness, which I sometimes get when flying. Our editor, KC, says she drinks gingerade and eats ginger candy when she's flying for the same benefits.

Now that I've tried herbal candy, and know of its benefits, regular candy just doesn't sound as sweet.

Do you eat any herbal candy, and if so, what kinds? Ever used ginger to aid in nausea?

— Jessica is an editorial intern for The Herb Companion.

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