Ginger – Pungent, full of flavour and therapeutic.
A lot of people shy away from ginger, mainly because they are not sure how to use it. This article is intended to shine a little light on this wonderful herb. We also have recipes for “Hot Ginger Sauce” and “Ginger Chicken”, both of which you can find on our web site. www.rotigrill.com
Ginger is a herb that is used as a spice and also for its therapeutic qualities. The underground stem (rhizome) can be used fresh, powdered, dried, or as an oil or juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceaefamily, as are cardamom, turmeric and galangal. Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to fish, chicken and stir fries plus many fruit and vegetable dishes. Fresh ginger root is available year round in the produce section of your local market.
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as a substance which promotes the elimination of gastric wind and which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses other therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Tips for Preparing Ginger:
Fresh ginger should be peeled before eating. For longer-term storage, the ginger can be placed in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen.
To remove the skin from fresh mature ginger, peel with a paring knife. The ginger can then be sliced or grated. The taste that ginger imparts to a dish depends upon when it is added during the cooking process. Added at the beginning, it will lend a subtler flavor while added near the end, it will deliver a more pungent taste.
Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice. Young ginger stems are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added.