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All About Ginger -- Plus Healthy Ginger Recipes

Martha Stewart Living, February 2003

About Ginger

Tremendously versatile and intensely flavorful, gingerroot has long been an integral component of Eastern cooking, appearing in everything from fiery curries to calming teas. Its distinctive taste gives depth of flavor to dishes, without adding calories or fat. And it is said to bring with it many health benefits -- including the alleviation of digestive disorders, congestion, and joint pain.


Despite its gnarled, complex appearance, ginger is easy to work with. Look for smooth, shiny skin devoid of wrinkles. You can refrigerate the root wrapped in plastic up to three weeks or freeze it up to three months, slicing off just what you need as you go. Peel the thin outer layer, then grate, slice, or mince the fibrous flesh. The flavor and pungent heat tend to intensify during slow cooking, so be careful not to add too much in the beginning.


Like garlic, ginger marries well with strong seasonings, such as curry powder in an Indian-style lentil soup. Yet it also works in milder dishes and desserts -- lending sharpness to a miso-carrot dressing and imparting a piquancy to poached pears. Added to sweet or savory dishes, fresh ginger is a healthful way to wake up your food.


Healthy Ginger Recipes We Love

Salmon-Ginger Burgers

In this video, watch test kitchen expert and Everyday Food host Sarah Carey make a healthy protein-rich burger with a kick. It goes so well with mayo and lettuce. Dinner (or lunch) is served!


Golden Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Sarah Carey is at it again with this rich, delectable loaf of gingery goodness. Not only is this sweet bread a treat to eat, but baking it will fill your home with a heavenly aroma.


Gingered Nuts

Add a spicy kick to mixed nuts by combining them with candied ginger and cayenne pepper. Then pour a sugar syrup mixture over the nuts, bake them, and crack the cooled mixture into pieces of brittle!


Ginger Rice

In less than 30 minutes, you can whip up this aromatic rice using jasmine, sugar, and -- of course -- ginger. Use it as a base for your favorite rice dish.


Ginger Broccoli

A healthy side dish is crucial to a balanaced meal. Kick up plain broccoli with spicy ginger and enjoy alongside fish, meat, or your favorite main.This recipe can also be acheived in less than a half hour.


Ginger Tea

This soothing tea was first featured on Martha's TV show. Ginger is the root of this recipe, which will warm and settle your stomach while adding a fresh scent to your home. Water, ginger, cloves, and lemon in a medium saucepan are all it takes to boil this healthy beverage.


Spicy Chard with Ginger

Sauteed chard -- a nutritious, leafy green -- mixed with ginger, jalapenos, and ground pepper can be a spicy addition to a main dish, enjoyed on its own, or even served on a crostini.

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