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Ginger




Description

Ginger is the dried knobby shaped root of the perennial herb Zingiber officinale. The plant grows two to three feet tall. Once the leaves of the plant die, the thick roots, about 6 inches long, are dug up. Crystallized ginger is fresh gingerroot cooked in a sugar syrup and dried.

Uses


Ginger is used in Indian curries, and in Chinese, Japanese, and European spice blends.


Origins

China and India are the principal sources of ginger. The majority of crystallized ginger is imported from Australia and Asia.

Folklore

During the 15th century, gingerbread became a gift of love and respect. In the 1800's, ginger was commonly sprinkled on top of beer or ale, then stirred into the drink with a hot poker--thus the invention of ginger ale.

Flavor Trend

Ginger continues to be one of the world's most important spices, with U.S. consumption increasing 256 percent during the past 20 years. It adds heat with floral, citrus notes, making it a perfect ingredient for adding multi-dimensional flavor to a variety of recipes. Many chefs consider ginger a “secret ingredient” because its flavor marries well with other herbs and spices. Ginger is commonly used in the cuisines of Asia, North Africa, Europe, India, and the Caribbean.


    What The Experts Say

    "Ginger is a great flavor booster for salt-free rubs," says Chef Tim Keating, of Quattro at the Four Seasons in Houston. "We also use ginger in a variety of broths and flavored butters."

    Perfect Flavor Partners Include:

    allspice, bay leaf, black pepper, cardamom, chile peppers, cinnamon, cloves, coconut, garlic, kaffir lime, lemon, lemongrass, and turmeric


      Color

      Ground: light bone to tan
      Crystallized: amber

      Flavor & Aroma

      Pungent and aromatic

      Sensory Profile

      The flavor of ginger is characterized by its unique combination of lemon, citrus, soapy and musty/earthy flavor notes. It is warming to taste.

        Comments
        little momma mia 
        Feb. 6, 2011 5:51 pm
        I can hardly wait to mix up a few batches (I'd want to eat them all) of these recipes for ginger cookies, it is hard to decide which ones to start with!
         
        gingerlover4ever 
        Mar. 8, 2012 9:57 am
        I LOVE ginger! If anyone is interested this is a great site I found with recipes to make dishes and drinks! Domainedecanton.com Enjoy =)
         
        Jazzy 
        Jun. 1, 2012 1:19 pm
        I love ginger! I'm always making gingerale for my lil family!
         
        Jun. 7, 2012 2:21 pm
        hi, anybody know of a substitute for ginger, which I can't have due to severe allergy too. Please help.
         
        barb white 
        Oct. 2, 2012 10:14 am
        how do I crystalize ginger
         
        California 
        Oct. 18, 2012 10:50 pm
        How or where do you get crystallized ginger?
         
        Jan. 16, 2013 6:38 pm
        When you go into an asian eatry and you order you will get ginger root with your meal. How is this made, because I love eating this, if there is no recipe for this wher can you purchase it.
         
        Jun. 13, 2014 7:52 am
        ginger da best
         
         
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