Ginger is the irregularly shaped root (rhizome) of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale). The plant is cultivated in the tropics. In Africa, Nigeria is the largest producer of ginger and according to FactFish (2017), Nigeria produced 349,895 metric tonnes which placed it as the third-largest producer in the world ranking after China and India.
The consumption of ginger is forecast to continue to grow in the next 3 to 5 years. This is mainly because ginger is considered to be a healthy ingredient. The popularity of ginger is rising, not only for fresh but also dried (split) and powdered products.
Turmeric (botanically known as Curcuma longa Linn) also known as ‘golden spice of life’ is a root crop in the same family as ginger.
It is used in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It is used as a spice and it is the major component of curry powder. It is also being used as a dye for coloring fabrics.
World production level for turmeric is between 11-16 tonnes annually and out of these production figures, India accounts for over 78% of the annual production for turmeric. India is followed by China and Myanmar in Asia. Nigeria is the fourth-largest producer of turmeric with about 3% of the global annual production.
Onion Powder is produced from freshly harvested onions that have been inspected, washed, sliced, dehydrated, milled to size, metal detected, and packed to stock. The flavor & aroma of this product is typical of dehydrated onion.
The demand for spices, described as any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning and for natural therapies, is high.
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