The importance of Peru to the world's ginger market became evident in 2019, when it became the fourth-biggest exporter of this vegetable, only behind China, Thailand, and India, with the commercialization of 23,400 tons worth 41.5 million dollars.
In 2020, the country's ginger exports have continued to grow. According to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), during the first five months of this year, ginger shipments registered an interannual increase of 162% reaching 23 million dollars.
The central Andean region of Junin has become the largest Peruvian producer and exporter of this Asian native root.
Ginger is rich in antioxidants and has different medicinal benefits, such as strengthening the immune system; one of the probable reasons why its international demand increased in the pandemic.
In fact, EsSalud, the Peruvian social security system has recommended consuming more ginger, garlic, and medicinal plants to combat respiratory conditions such as colds, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, and asthma, which are increasing during the current winter in the hemisphere south.
Dr. Martha Villar, the manager of Complementary Medicine at EsSalud, said that these products, as well as onion and turnip, have properties that help eliminate secretions and that they can be taken in infusions to help reduce inflammation and decongest the respiratory tract.
Higher sales to Europe and the United States
Ginger is one of the Peruvian superfoods, along with grapes, mangoes, and avocados. In April, when the quarantine restrictions reached their peak, ginger exports increased by 137%, which strengthened the sustained growth in the first months of the year.
This good performance was due to higher sales to Spain (+ 529%), the Netherlands (+ 255%)- the second biggest importer of ginger worldwide-, and the United States (+ 124%), the biggest importer of ginger, highlighted the Mincetur.
In that period, 71 Peruvian companies exported the product to 18 world markets, i.e. 25% more than last year.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com