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Health Benefits of Ginger

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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