Zest Up Your Palate With Ginger!

| 12/5/2008 10:17:46 AM

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 gaianbotanicals.ecrater.com.According to VeryAsia.com, 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 GingerPeople.com. 

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.