Ginger --- one of the world’s oldest and most-beloved spices. Ships used to travel for months going to South Asia from Europe – just to bring back this precious and fragrant spice. That was a long and dangerous journey, with storms, shipwrecks, pirates and shortages of essentials.
Lucky for you – FAVE now brings it to your local Produce department! That is SO much easier than sailing for over a year … ☺
When we buy ginger, we are really enjoying the root of the ginger plant. (Trivia fact: a ginger root is called a rhizome) Ginger is used to flavor many dishes, from hot, fragrant soups to delicious smoothies. Even ginger ale gets is distinctive crisp, clean taste from ginger!
Ginger has been used for thousands of years, both as a spice or flavoring and as a folk medicine. Ginger is used to flavor various candy and cookies (ginger snaps are a real thing – and they are delicious!). In fact, this spice is very versatile – and fresh ginger is both delicious and affordable.
Many people find that fresh ginger can alleviate symptoms of motion sickness or nausea. Ginger is also recognized by some as an anti-inflammatory. As a natural folk remedy, ginger has been valued for thousands of years.
FAVE selects the freshest ginger rhizomes at their peak of flavor and fragrance. This is the ginger most of us are used to seeing in our local Produce sections. This grows for about one year before being harvested, cleaned and dried. FAVE fresh ginger adds interest and excitement to almost any dish. The full-bodied flavor of traditional FAVE fresh ginger is great for making a fresh ginger-lime fruit salad, some tasty chicken Pho, or a refreshing apple-ginger kombucha (great recipes below via the links).
1. Brewed into tea – warm and fragrant
2. Ginger honey water recipe:
3. Strawberry-ginger smoothie:
4. Ginger-and-greens smoothie (great for breakfast!):
There are hundreds of delicious recipes via the links below. Enjoy the benefits of fresh ginger in beverages, soups, salads and your favorite fish and chicken entrees. Cheers!
Fresh ginger may be prepared many ways:
• Sliced into small wafers
• Cut into julienne-style matchsticks
• Diced and minced
Please see the below links for more information on the many ways to serve ginger!
Choose rhizomes that have a smooth skin free of blemishes. Fresh ginger will look almost translucent. Ginger that is heavy for its size is better. Avoid ginger with wrinkled skin, or if discolored or moldy.
Store whole, unpeeled fresh ginger in a sealed container or plastic bag (with the air pushed out) in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. Make sure the ginger is dry before storing. You can store cut ginger the same way, although it will not last as long.
You may also store fresh ginger in your freezer for up to a year. Just seal it in a container to prevent freezer burn. Remove it when needed, grate the frozen ginger, and return the balance to the freezer. Bonus: frozen ginger is easier to grate.
You can also grate ginger in advance, then store it in sealed containers in your freezer for up to six months. Tip: store in serving-size portions for easy use later.
Some people store their fresh ginger in vodka. We have not tried that method, but it sounds like fun. ☺