This wonderful root is the cornerstone of Asian cooking with its slightly hot and slightly sweet flavor. In many Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes it is mixed with garlic to make a very good flavor. Storage is not a problem since you can keep a fresh ginger root in the refrigerator to prevent it from going bad. There is also ground ginger which is easier to store. This wonderful spice comes with a handful of health benefits. It is used to stop nausea and relieves bloating as well as heartburn. If you are having a serious cold, try some ginger and honey tea.