History of Ginger
Dating back to early 2000 B.C., ginger was originally grown in both China and India. The spice traders eventually introduced ginger to Europe, where it was enjoyed for its culinary and medical properties. It was brought to the New World by the Spanish Conquistadors in the late 1500’s, and then to Jamaica, where the tropical climate is perfectly suited for growing ginger.
Growing Region of Jamaica
Ginger is cultivated in Jamaica mainly in Clarendon, Manchester, St. Ann, Hanover and St. Thomas, where the topography is steep, soils are of rich clay, and temperatures cool. Two varieties of ginger are grown in Jamaica, yellow and blue gingers.
Jamaican ginger has traditionally been recognized as premier among gingers for the quality of its flavour, oil content and appearance, providing the basis upon which the standards of other gingers are assessed.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has many health benefits and has been used to treat numerous medical aliments for thousands of years – as a digestive, relieving nausea, aiding motion sickness, stimulating circulating of blood, lowering LDL cholesterol, and relaxing muscles.
It is also said to help prevent blood clots from forming.
RJ’s Ginger Beer main ingredients
Two row malt, shredded fresh Yellow and Blue ginger, Cascade hops, Jamaican cane sugar, Royal Jamaican new crop rum.
Food Recipes and Pairing
RJ’s Ginger Beer goes well with spicy foods such as Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, and Caribbean.
Complements heavy creams or rich foods. Makes a unique twist for BBQ. Ideal for marinade for pork and ginger sauce.