This spice beckons appetites with its pungent flavor and aroma. Its slight sharpness helps to settle the digestive system. Select roots with taut, unwrinkled skin. Grated ginger, also available ready-made in a tube, can be used as a preseasoning or spice. As needle-thin slivers, ginger can be used as a garnish for simmered dishes, salads and soups. Sliced thin, it can be pickled or used to counteract strong-smelling meat and fish.
- The spicy, active component zingerone contained in ginger roots moderately stimulates the body to improve digestion, increases appetite, and activates the secretion of gastric juices.
- They also improve blood circulation and promote perspiration.
In addition, ginger has both antibacterial and odor-eliminating properties.
How to pick and store
Choose ginger that is unblemished, and has some shine and firmness.
To prevent drying, store in a vegetable storage bag in the refrigerator.
- For refreshingly spicy young ginger, pickle in sweet vinegar or slice and eat raw.
- Older ginger can be grated and diced for use in hot pot and fish dishes, sushi, sauces, and as a condiment.
Baby ginger can also be used as garnish for sashimi or a snack when drinking sake.
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