Ginger is a tuber from the Zingiber officinale plant that is prevalent in recipes throughout the world including India, China, Jamaica, Thailand and the United States. It can be found in grocery stores such as Tom Thumb or Kroger's throughout Dallas in the produce section most likely in the vicinity of the onions, garlic, shallots and potatoes. It is not the prettiest looking item on display and too many of us push our shopping carts right past it without a second glance. Well, maybe a second glance because it looks so unusual to many of us. It can also be found in other forms such as a powder for baking and cooking, juiced for stir fries, ready-to-use minced in jars or candied for baking or snacking.
Fresh ginger is extremely firm and is covered by a light tan colored, paper-like skin. It also has a bright, fresh and slightly spicy flavor and has a multitude of uses and benefits including being a digestive aid, settling nausea, relieving inflammation and tasting delicious! Buy a new tiny tin of dry ginger powder for the upcoming holiday season’s treats of pumpkin pie and cakes and remember to grab some fresh ginger too. The delicate skin is easily digestible but can also be removed using a vegetable peeler or scraping it with a soup spoon to reveal the pale yellow flesh. Depending on what this fibrous gem is being used for it can be cut into matchsticks, roughly chopped, finely minced, sliced or finely grated. A little goes a long way and if you do not use all of it, remember, toss it into a storage bag and it will keep for several months in the freezer. For more helpful, quick Kitchen Tips, click here.
Check out some of these great ideas for ginger:
- Grate ½ t fresh ginger into the morning breakfast smoothie
- Suck on a piece of fresh ginger to settle an upset stomach
- Place a few slices of fresh ginger into a glass of club soda or seltzer for natural ginger ale
- Steep some ginger slices in simmering water and add some honey for a hot, throat soothing beverage
- Making traditional Thai Tom Kha Gai soup? Don’t forgot the ginger – in addition to the kaffir lime leaves, the ginger adds a distinctive sharp flavor
- For a natural sweet treat, try eating some candied ginger nuggets
- Baking spice cake or cookies – add some finely minced crystallized ginger for a chewy surprise
- Create a delicious marinade or rub for pork tenderloin using olive oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, honey, soy sauce and ground black pepper.
- Steep some ginger slices in simmering bbq sauce before brushing it on ribs or chicken