Worldwide ginger consumption has increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic because of this product's nutraceutical properties. Between January and April 2020, coinciding with the spread of the disease, Peruvian ginger exports almost tripled, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
"Ginger shipments increased by 137% in April 2020, accumulating sustained growth of 168% in the first quarter over the same period in 2019," the Ministry stated. The highest sales were destined for Spain (+ 529%), the Netherlands (+ 255%), and the United States (+ 124%).
The authorities noted that ginger is rich in antioxidants and that it strengthens the immune system. In Peru, ginger is considered anti-inflammatory and people traditionally consume it when they have a cold or the flu.
Peru is the world's fourth-largest exporter of ginger after China, Thailand, and India. In 2019, it sold 23,400 tons of ginger abroad for $41.5 million.