First, Ginger is a plant with leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. In foods and beverages, ginger is used as a flavoring agent.
So this morning I woke to the sweet smell of Ginger. My fiancé made us Ginger tea. Normally we add the spice, Star Anise, but today we just had fresh Ginger. I love this tea. It’s naturally made without use of a tea bag. You just boil pieces of the Ginger Root.
It’s funny because last night after the kiddies were sleep I indulged in a nice cold Ginger Beer. I’m not a big drinker; in fact I barely can drink hard liquor at all. I do indulge in sweet drinks and lately I have found Ginger Beer to be less harsh on the tummy and have a very low percentage of alcohol. I prefer the Crabbies brand alcoholic ginger beer; spiced orange is my favorite. They steep the ginger and mature it for 8 weeks. They then combine it with different extracts to give it a distinct flavor like the spiced orange.
I wasn’t introduced to Ginger Root until meeting my now fiancé. He is from Haiti and in his culture food is made with mixed roots and exquisite spices that give zesty, bold flavors to each dish prepared. He puts fresh ginger in almost everything he cooks. I must say I love everything he makes.
I now use Ginger Root in almost every dish. I use it when making sautéed potatoes, spaghetti, soup, smoothies, scrambled eggs or omelettes, and homemade gravy. I love the flavor that it adds. It’s now a staple ingredient in this household. I must have it.
One thing I love is when something is not only good to eat, but good for you to eat. According to WebMD, ginger has many health benefits. It’s used to treat stomach problems, colic, digestive problems, morning sickness, IBS, arthritis, and other uses for pain relief. Ginger is a simply, effective antidote when your seeking a more holistic method for relief.
So to recap you can:
- Cut up Ginger Root and boil to make ginger tea. For feeling ill, Check out Zingy Minty Nausea Fighter.
- Peel, chop, and add to any sauté pan with other spices like garlic, onion, and pepper.
- Peel, cut, and put in an electric chopper to create minced ginger.
- Peel, cut in small peices, and add to any smoothie mix.
Tell me what’s your favorite spice or ingredient to add to dishes in the comment box below.