Health Benefits of Ginger
Unmistakably pungent with a flavor that bites, fresh ginger adds a sweet and spicy kick to savory and sweets alike. You can find ginger in a couple different forms – fresh, dried and crystalized.
For the punchiest flavor, fresh ginger is good for stir-fries, marinades and when cooking with meat. Dried ginger and crystalized ginger are more often used in baking, but can also be used in savory dishes as well.
Health benefits of ginger
Ginger not only perks up numerous dishes but also has a plethora of nutritional benefits. A proven anti-inflammatory, ginger can reduce swelling, relieve arthritis and may help reduce symptoms like dizziness and nausea. Ginger tea with raw honey is soothing to a sore stomach or headache.
Choosing your ginger
When buying ginger look for a firm stem (ginger is actually a stem, not a root!) without any wrinkles or softness in the skin. Fresh ginger will last in the fridge for a few weeks. Store it unpeeled in a sealed container or plastic bag for the best results.
Cooking with ginger
On the savory end, one way we love using ginger is in stir-fry. Toss it with sesame oil, a little sugar and soy sauce for a delicious stir-fry sauce in minutes. Ginger and chicken taste fantastic together and are perfectly showcased in this Korean Fried Chicken recipe. For a dessert with a kick, try sandwiching creamy vanilla ice cream between two chewy Ginger Cookies – this recipe from Bon Appetit includes fresh, dried and crystalized ginger!
TIP: Before you get started in the kitchen, check out this tutorial on how to peel ginger – our culinary director Elana shares her secret on how to get the rough brown skin off without using a knife.
Do you have a unique way of incorporating ginger in your recipes?
- Alivia Duran
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