Ginger was one of the most commonly traded spices during the
13th and 14th centuries. Arabs caried the rhizomes (roots) on their
voyages to East Africa to plant at coastal settlements and on Zanzibar.
During this time in England, ginger was sought after, and one
pound in weight of ginger was equivalent to the cost of a sheep.
Queen Elizabeth I of England was a well-known admirer of ginger,
and she is credited with creating the popular gingerbread man cookie.
In the 15th century, ginger root finally made its way to the United
States. Today, ginger root is used around the world. Jamaica, India,
Africa and China are all prominent growers and exporters of the root.