Five Ways to Eat: Fresh Ginger

Fresh ginger! It's one of our very favorite things. Here are five ways we eat a lot of ginger. What about you — how do you like to eat ginger?

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Fresh ginger, ready for hot ginger tea.

Fresh ginger is good for so many things. We love how crystallized ginger safely and naturally soothes an upset stomach. We love ginger, strong and spicy, in hot tea. We really love it in pumpkin pie. When buying ginger look for full, plump roots that are juicy and not dried out on the ends at all.

Here are a few ways we eat ginger.

  1. In hot tea - We drink literally gallons of hot ginger tea in the fall and winter. We just cut up a hunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel) and pour a lot of boiling water over it. A little honey, a little lemon, and it's the perfect winter tonic. You can add bourbon, too and call it cough syrup for grownups.
  2. Soup! - Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy winter soups. Try this Indian-spiced carrot soup with ginger or this sweet potato soup with miso and ginger.
  3. With fish - We really like spicy ginger with tender, flaky fish. Try this recipe for Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia; full of flavor, and it only takes a few minutes to bake.
  4. In stir-fries - Almost every stir-fry could use a little grated or even minced ginger to spice things up.
  5. In sweet things - It's baking time, and there are lots of sweet things that are great with fresh ginger. Try steeping milk with ginger for these caramels. Or try ginger hand pies or pumpkin pie with fresh ginger.

What are your favorite ways to eat fresh ginger?

D.I.Y. Recipe: Crystallized Ginger - Great for upset tummies.
Fresh Ginger Tips from Steamy Kitchen
Video: Ginger from Spices of Life
OXO's Good Grips Ginger Peeler

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(Images: Faith Durand)

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