Cooking With Ginger

Ginger root and ginger tea

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In cooking, ginger refers to the flavorful, aromatic root of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale). Ginger is commonly used as an herbal tea and included in baked sweets and savory Chinese dishes. In addition to providing a zesty flavor, ginger is thought to offer many health benefits.

Fresh Ginger & Other Types of Ginger Root

Ginger root can be bought and used in many forms, including fresh ginger root, dried ginger root, powdered ginger, and crystallized/candied ginger. Compare the appearances of powdered, crystallized and fresh ginger with this image.

Fresh ginger root tends to provide the most flavor and is commonly used for ginger "tea" and other ginger drinks, as well as in many Chinese dishes. You can also freeze fresh ginger to save time in the kitchen.

Ginger Health Benefits

Many people are drawn to ginger not only for its pungent flavor but also for its health benefits. Historically, ginger has been used for various ailments, especially gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and morning sickness.

Ginger "Tea" Recipes

More accurately known as a ginger infusion or ginger decoction, ginger tea is one of the most popular ways of consuming ginger for health or for enjoyment. These are some favorite recipes for homemade ginger tea:

More Ginger Drink Recipes

Beyond ginger tea, popular ginger drinks include ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger juice, and ginger cocktails. Below, you'll find some of the top ginger drink recipes. Unless otherwise notes, these recipes are made with fresh ginger root.

Sweet Ginger Recipes

From gingersnap cookies to ginger ice cream to ginger simple syrup, there are many ways ginger can be incorporated into sweet foods and sauces.

Savory Ginger Recipes

While ginger is delicious in sweets, it also shines in traditional and contemporary savory dishes. These ginger recipes cross cultures and culinary preferences to showcase the unique flavor of ginger: