Been using it for years, and this has never popped into my mind until a couple of days ago. A query regarding our old firey friend Ginger.

Why is ginger ginger? Or more accurately, why are ginger people ginger? All the ginger I have ever eaten has been yellow on the inside and light brown on the outside. Never has it been bright orange. What aren’t orange haired people oranges? Is it because ginger, as a foreign, somewhat firey and spicy food, was seen to be more sinister than the happy, sweet friendly orange and citrusy mates? Perhaps : But ginger is yellow!

(Also new excuse when anyone accuses my beard of being ginger: But ginger isn’t ginger.)