I blended up some skinned ginger and squeezed the juice out of it via a meshed strainer with small holes (I only wanted the juice and I was collecting the pulp for cooking). I collected the juice (200 ml) in a steel vessel, where it remained for over 1 hour. Then I poured it into the lime I squeezed for a lemonade. Later on washing the dish I found a white sediment, I use sediment that instead of residue (ginger fiber) as that was thick white coating on the bottom of plate and I had to use the sponge to wash it away.

Even though the ginger juice was yellow-greenish, this was "salt like" white.

What is that white thing?

PS: I am very sure that it was not there before and I cleaned all the vessels & skinned ginger very well.

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This white sediment is just something that happens with unfiltered ginger juice. Don't worry--it wasn't contamination, nor any unusual chemical reaction with your equipment.

This happens with fruit juice, too. Fresh fruit juice separates and needs to be shaken to get things reincorporated. If you leave citrus juice long enough, you'll get pulp floating at the top, then also get a watery layer and a cloudier layer.

What you are witnessing is the exact same thing, but with a smaller scale particle. When you allow ginger juice to sit, a white gluey texture layer will sink to the bottom with a more watery juice on top. You would need to use a very fine filter to separate out these solids, or you can just let them settle out naturally and pour the liquid off the top like you did. However, that white stuff has a lot of the good yummy gingerness in it, so I would want to make sure it got stirred into anything I made with my ginger juice. If you look at the fancy cold pressed juices at the grocer to find to ones with ginger in them, you'll notice they likely have the same white stuff on the bottom of the bottle (with instructions to shake it up before drinking!).


Ginger roots contain ~12% starch (potatoes in comparision ~18%) and the facts you described (settled down from juice after some time, white color, dense/thick texture) match the way how starch appears when it is collected for making Knödel (german dumplings made from raw potatoes). If you want to proof it you could either treat a potatoe in a similar way as the ginger or apply an iodine test to the sediment.

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