Powdered, fresh or crystallized with sugar, this knobby tropical root lends a distinct peppery bite to savory dishes and desserts.
October 30, 2007
1 of 9Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro
Root for Flavor
Long revered as a medicinal remedy, ginger is used in some cultures to relieve nausea and upset stomachs, and features in many types of dishes. This pungent root comes in many forms—fresh, crystallized, and ground—but they all add a special flavor to everything from cookies to soups.
2 of 9James Carrier
Hot Cranberry-Ginger Punch
Hot Cranberry-Ginger Punch Recipe Fresh minced ginger simmers with cranberry juice to build an underlying base for this sweet-spicy brew that's perfect for cold winter nights. Lime juice and sugar are then stirred in to add a tart-sweet note that brightens flavor.
3 of 9BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Ginger Crinkles Recipe Flavored with both ground and crystallized ginger these spicy little cookies are bound to disappear fast. If you don't have crystallized ginger, check out the guidelines for substituting powdered ginger.
4 of 9Monica Buck
Pear and Ginger Upside-Down Cake
Pear and Ginger Upside-Down Cake Recipe Not your typical upside down cake, this one showcases a deeply spiced cake rich with ground ginger, cinnamon, and molasses. Delicate Bosc pears melt into a mixture of sugar, butter, and sweet crystallized ginger to make a glorious cake top.
5 of 9James Carrier
Romaine Salad with Mandarins and Asian Dressing
Romaine Salad with Mandarins and Asian Dressing Recipe Sesame oil and rice wine vinegar help soften the pungent flavor of ground ginger and mustard to make a stand-out vinaigrette for this simple side salad. Fresh or canned mandarin oranges and buttery slices of avocado add contrasting color and flavor.
6 of 9Dan Goldberg
Ginger-Garlic Shrimp Recipe Possibly one the fastest meals on the planet, this seven-ingredient stir fry uses minced fresh ginger, minced garlic, and chopped green onions to punch up the flavor of shrimp. Serve it over cooked rice, rice noodles or soba.
7 of 9Leigh Beisch
Braised Grouper with Ginger, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Chiles
Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Ginger Browned Butter Recipe Caramelized onions and sautéed ginger help round out the sweetness of pumpkin in this long simmering soup. Pie spices (ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom), and a finishing touch of melted brown ginger butter, elevate flavor another notch.