So humble looking, this fresh gingerroot, yet so tasty in so many ways as a delicacy, as medicine, and as a spice. Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. The etymological origin is from Tamil: inji ver. So that's where its Finnish name inkivääri comes from, I always wondered. I also did not know that turmeric and cardamom are members of the same plant family, all are favourites in my kitchen.