There’s no mistaking the aroma or taste of ginger in such fall goodies as pumpkin pie and chewy molasses cookies. Go beyond the familiar ground form and explore other types of ginger. Crystallized ginger can be eaten as candy; chopped it adds a spicy bite to dishes. Fresh minced ginger gives a pungent kick to marinades, stir-fries, salad dressings, and more.
Fresh Thyme Market carries fresh ginger root in the Produce department. Select roots that feel heavy for the size. The skin should be smooth; avoid roots that are shriveled. Store fresh ginger in the refrigerator crisper, where it will last several weeks; or store in the freezer in a freezer bag, where it will last up to six months. Break off chunks and prep what you need for use.
HOW TO PREP
Peel-Use a paring knife, vegetable peeler, or spoon to remove the skin. No need to peel if you slice ginger to steep in tea; just strain the slices and serve.
Slice & Dice-Use a sharp knife to slice ginger thinly. Stack slices and cut again into julienne strips; rotate strips and cut once more into minced pieces suitable for stir-fries.
Grate-For fibrous ginger, use a grater to extract the good stuff and leave behind the fibers. Use a very fine rasp-style grater for sauces
GINGER AT A GLANCE
In addition to being an amazing spice used across the world to flavor cuisines, ginger has been associated with traditional herbalism for thousands of years. While our ancestors may not have understood that ginger has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory functions, they certainly knew ginger was a treatment for many ailments.
The Grocery aisle offers an assortment of ginger teas, if you prefer convenience over fresh. In the Natural Living department, you can find ginger chews and tummy drops, as well as ginger supplement capsules. As a precaution, talk to your physician before starting any new supplement regimen.
Find premade sushi in the Deli section. Each tempting roll includes pickled ginger.
WAYS TO USE GINGER
Migraines-Dissolve ⅛ teaspoon powdered ginger in 1 cup of water, then drink to reduce severity and duration of migraine.
PMS-Lessen the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps by taking 1 gram of ginger each day for the first three days of your period.
Muscle Pain-Taking 2 grams of ginger daily can reduce muscle pain caused by injury or exercise by as much as 25 percent. Chronic pain can be managed by taking 2 to 4 grams of ginger daily, though some may experience heartburn.
Nausea-(including Morning Sickness and Motion Sickness)
Drinking ginger tea or taking ginger chews or tummy drops can prevent or soothe nausea. Consider natural ginger ale, too! However, ginger is ineffective against vomiting.