Many folks know the familiar flavor of ginger, but aren’t aware of either what it looks or tastes like. Few people realize that the spicy-sweet taste they’re used to is actually a shredded root. When planted, ginger creates clusters of white and pink flower buds that produce yellow flowers, but the appeal is really after the stock withers and the root is pulled for food. It has many uses in cuisine – particularly vegetarian – and can also be made into a tea, soda, bread, or a candy. This versatile root can often be found pickled at sushi restaurants, and has a variety of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the plant, and how it can be incorporated into a vegetarian diet.