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Ginger Root, Zingiber officinale, is from the family Zingiberaceae and is closely related to galangal, turmeric and cardamom. It is a rhizome, not a root, so it produces roots below the ground and shoots above ground. It is a subterranean plant that grows horizontally. In Sanskrit ginger was known as “shringavera”, which translates to “shaped like a deer’s antler.”
Some botanists believe that Ginger is native to China but others believe it is indigenous to India. Ginger plants grown in India possess the greatest amount of genetic variation, and the greater the number of genetic variations, the longer the plant is most likely to have grown in that region. When the population of a plant in a specific region has a large gene pool (the genetic blueprints of plants in the area vary significantly), the plant species’ odds of not only surviving but flourishing increases greatly. Plants with fewer genetic variations (more inbreeding) are more susceptible to disease and pests.
Depending on the variety of ginger, it may have an essential oil content of 1 to 4%. Sesquiterpenes are what make up the oil, and give the ginger its characteristic scent.
In September of 2019 our Chef/Owner, David Humphrey, started A&H Provisions to help bring a local option for spices to the Atlanta, Georgia area. An option that will give local residents the ability to have a spice merchant help them make the right choices when purchasing their spices. We will source our product so as to provide you with freshest product possible.
Chef David has been in the culinary industry for over 25 years. His first job was at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. After that he was hooked on the industry. He would continue to work with food whether it was in the back or front of house, in positions from entry level to managerial. In 2010, Chef David enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Chicago and then graduated in March of 2012 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He then began working at fine dining restaurants in Chicago, amongst them were, Bistro Bordeaux, Fork and A10. In 2016, He moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia and began working at restaurants there, then eventually switched over to Private Chef work before starting A&H Provisions.
At A&H Provisions, we have the belief that making great food starts with a solid FOUNDATION. Our spices provide that foundation for ultimate FLAVOR, which will give you the greatest tasting FOOD for you and your family.