Ginger

Ginger adds a zingy, spicy and sweet flavour to a range of savoury and sweet dishes and drinks. 

Ginger, related to cardamom and tumeric, is a spice that comes from the rhizome of the ginger plant. Fresh ginger root is a common ingredient in Carribean, Asian and Indian dishes, while ground ginger is more mellow in flavour and often used in western baking.

Ginger has a long history of use in traditional and alternative medicine. It has been commonly used to aid digestion, nausea, flu and common cold, and many other. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

For more information about ginger, check out these useful resources: https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-ginger-1807768, and https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger.

Storage & Preparation

Store your ginger root in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months. The skin, particularly if it is mature and thick, can be peeled before use, but this isn’t required.

Fresh ginger root is incredibly versatile. It can be added to soups or stir fries, cooked with fish, meat or vegetable dishes, boiled in tea or added to sweet dessert. It can be grated, minced, candied, pickled, infused in oil, or turned into a syrup. is a surprisingly versatile vegetable.

See the recipes below for a bit of inspiration.

RECIPES

Appetizers

Carrot Ginger Soup
This 7-ingredient carrot ginger soup is one of our favorite recipes for brightening up cold days. Creamy & refreshing, it’s a satisfying, cozy meal
https://www.loveandlemons.com/carrot-ginger-soup/

Ginger Salad Dressing
This salad dressing recipe is easy to whip up and keeps for a week or longer in the fridge. You’ll need olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a touch of maple syrup, and fresh ginger.
https://cookieandkate.com/ginger-salad-dressing-recipe/

Mains

Grilled Salmon with Coriander-Ginger Sauce
Ginger, fish sauce and honey combine to create a delicious basting sauce in this easy grilled salmon recipe. It takes just 25 minutes to prepare, making it the ideal centerpiece for a healthy weeknight dinner.
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/273171/grilled-salmon-with-cilantro-ginger-sauce/

Sticky Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken
This recipe is incredibly simple but incredibly flavourful. A great recipe for seasoned or beginner cooks.
https://www.budgetbytes.com/sticky-ginger-soy-glazed-chicken/

Ginger Veggie Stir Fry
Any seasonal veggies can be used in this stir fry, with mild ginger flavour that can be enhanced according to taste. Serve over a bed of steamed jasmine rice.
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24712/ginger-veggie-stir-fry/

 

 

Desserts

Fresh Ginger Cake
This cake is simple and delicious. Give it a try!
https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/fresh-ginger-cake-103238

Fresh Ginger Cookies
Somewhere between a molasses cookie and a gingersnap, these are especially good cookies.
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/16318/fresh-ginger-cookies/

Candied Ginger
Make your own homemade candied ginger!  The flavour is way better than store-bought, much fresher and more vibrant.  It will bring your baked goods to life, plus they’re delicious just to snack on!
https://www.daringgourmet.com/how-to-make-crystallized-ginger/

Drinks

Ginger Root Tea
Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea. When made with fresh ginger root, it will be far tastier than ginger tea brewed from a stale tea bag.
https://www.thespruceeats.com/homemade-ginger-tea-3377239

Homemade Gingerale
You need only basic ingredients like grated ginger and lime for this refreshing homemade ginger ale recipe.
https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/homemade_ginger_ale/