Gingerbread refers to a broad category of baked goods, typically flavoured with ginger, cloves, nutmeg or cinnamon and sweetened with honey, sugar or molasses. Gingerbread foods vary, ranging from a soft, moist loaf cake to something close to a ginger snap.
Gingerbread dates from the 15th century and figural biscuit-making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was at the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests.
Today, however, they are generally served around Christmas. Gingerbread was a traditional confectionery sold at popular fairs, often given as a treat or token of affection to children and lovers "sweethearts".
The global ginger shortage could last until FEBRUARY as China’s struggling harvest season is only just starting – but UK supermarkets vow to meet festive demand from British bakers
Tesco and Sainsbury's sold out of the ground spice online over the weekend, while Asda had none of the fresh root available, sparking fears for Christmas treats like gingerbread men. UK supermarkets remain adamant they can meet demand from eager British bakers after sales of ginger soared over the course of 2020.
But with China's struggling harvest season only just getting underway, spice wholesaler Nilay Kamdar has warned the problem could persist all winter. Mr. Kamdar, director of spice supplier Pan United, told MailOnline: 'In general, there's been a shortage of high-quality ginger in the UK and Europe since July.
但是，随着中国艰难的生姜收获季节才刚刚开始，香料批发商尼莱•卡姆达尔（Nilay Kamdar）担心地说，这个问题可能会持续整个冬天。香料供应商Pan United的董事Kamdar先生对MailOnline表示：“总体而言，自7月份以来，英国和欧洲一直缺乏高质量的生姜。
'Ginger demand has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, on top of a poor harvest in China, it's created a combination of factors that have caused the shortage.'
Mr. Kamdar explained a difficult start to the ginger season in November 2019 meant there were lower high-quality yields of the root, meaning demand grew for supplies from Brazil and Peru.
The ginger season is just beginning again in China, but Mr. Kamdar said there's 'not enough time,' to catch up with demand. Tesco and Asda say they will have enough stocks of ginger for shoppers, while there is not expected to be any sudden hike in prices.
Mr. Kamdar said: 'Generally with supermarkets prices don't tend to rise. It's just the quality of the ginger that is going to be affected. Retail prices will remain the same but wholesale may change.' Asda said a delay at ports in November caused a 'temporary shortage on a single line of ground ginger'. A spokesman from the retail giant confirmed it had 'good availability going forwards'.
China was responsible for around 37 percent of the world's ginger exports in 2019.
In a statement, Tesco said: 'This year more of us have been cooking from scratch than ever before, using our time at home to discover new flavours and cuisines. 'As a result, some products such as root ginger are in higher demand than usual. We’re working hard to respond to this and have more deliveries coming to stores every day.'
A Sainsbury's spokesman said: 'We are running low on some ginger lines in some stores. We expect to return to full availability very soon.'
3. Remain adamant—仍要坚持