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Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger

Description

Ginger is a tasty, tropical, aromatic spice traditionally used in Indian and Asian cooking. Today it is widely used as a partner for meat, poultry and fish, as well as soups and stir-fries. What’s more, it is the ultimate ingredient for gingerbread men!

Introduced to England pre-1066, ginger was historically used mainly as a baking spice. Ginger has a sweet aroma and a hot, biting flavour with lemony notes. It is ideal for use in baking.

In the past, ginger has been used traditionally for travel sickness; the value of Ginger as an aphrodisiac has also widely been suggested. Today, research suggests ginger may help digestion and circulation.

Did you know?

Ginger was introduced to England before 1066 and was used mainly as a baking spice. Elizabeth I had a fancy for gingerbread which her cook made into the likeness of her courtiers, the prototype for our traditional gingerbread man.

Quality

Ground Ginger should have a strongly spicy flavour and pale cream colour. Gingerols are the principal flavour constituents.

Usage

  • Add to cakes, biscuits and sponge puddings to give a warm sweet flavour.
  • For aromatic Oriental stir fries, mix with soy sauce and a little rice wine or sherry.
  • Delicious with carrots, sweet potato and squash.
  • Glaze grilled chicken with a little Ground Ginger, honey and oil.
  • Sprinkle into fruit juices or smoothies for an added kick.