Fresh ginger is a favorite of mine for many reasons. Not only is it a delicious spice, but it also has numerous health benefits such as improving digestion, assisting with alleviating nausea symptoms and even help with joint pain and inflammation similar to fresh turmeric root.
There are many ways to cook with fresh ginger. It is a very common ingredient in Asian cooking, but also in other cultures too such as Indian & African cuisine.
Here are some suggestions for using in meals:
Make ginger tea (just add slices to fresh water and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Add honey to sweeten.)
Grate it into stir fry sauces (If you don't want to peel, its fine! The skin is very thin and won't affect taste.)
Make a sweet salad dressing and drizzle over your salad greens with protein. (Use orange juice, peanut oil, garlic and rice vinegar)
Add it to a curry soup with coconut milk.
Make a ginger paste.
Make a fresh ginger juice. Try this recipe.
Fresh Ginger Juice
Make a healthy ginger beer. Try this west African version from Ghana.
Because ginger is a warming spice, this spice is especially good for individuals who get cold easily and can shorten the duration of the common cold.
When shopping for ginger, make sure it does not show signs of wrinkling as this is an indication it is way past its freshness. If purchased you will experience stringiness, so you will want to avoid this.
Get cooking with fresh ginger with any of the suggestions listed. Enjoy!
Eat Good! Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator