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all about ginger

We’re in for a treat this week. The farm just harvested some ginger. It’s got a pinkish hue and very mild flavor. Break out the wok! Ginger may look like a root, but it’s actually a rhizome or the underground stem of a plant. People have been using it as both a spice and for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Ginger contains chemicals that may reduce nausea or inflammation.

at the stand

Choose pieces of ginger that are plump looking and feel heavy for their size. The skin should be smooth, not wrinkled. One way to tell if ginger is fresh is by snapping off a little nub –if it isn’t a clean break that means the ginger is past its prime.

how to store

Store your ginger unpeeled and wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. If it shrivels, it’s time to throw it away. You can also freeze it for as long as six months, which is a fine way to preserve super fresh ginger from the Farm Stand. When you are ready to use frozen ginger, just cut off as much as you need for your recipe and thaw.

easy preparations

Fresh ginger adds a peppery heat as well as sweetness to curries, soups and stir-fry dishes. It’s wonderful pickled and you can also steep it in water and a little honey for a soothing, delicious tea. Don’t try to substitute fresh ginger for dried ground ginger in recipes because the two have very different flavors.

tastes good with

  • Carrots
  • Chicken
  • Chocolate
  • Cucumber
  • Fruit
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Lemon
  • Onions
  • Pork
  • Pumpkin
  • Rice
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt
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