ginger root

ground
4.7
based on 20 reviews
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0.24 oz
75¢
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1.6 oz
$6
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1.6 oz
$5
large refill
6 oz
$13
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Dried ground ginger is an aromatic and pungent spice with citrusy, even woodsy notes. It is stronger in spiciness and aroma than its fresh counterpart due to the conversion of its flavor compound gingerol into shogaol which has double the heat.

Ground ginger is a clumpy powder that is pale-yellow to light-golden in color—depending on where it has been cultivated. It is commonly used in baked goods and sweet spice blends. And of course it is the main flavor of gingerbread, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and ginger beer.
QUICK INFO
ginger root , ground
PLANT PART
rhizome
PROCESSING / FORM
ground
BOTANICAL NAME
Zingiber officinale
ORIGIN
India
BOTANICAL NAME
Zingiber officinale
AKA
ginger
The Zingiber officinale plant is thought to be native of Southeast Asia which is where it is still primarily produced, though Jamaica has been known to also yield quality crops. Like turmeric root, ginger root refers to the plants' rhizomes and not their actual roots. These rhizomes are the horizontal underground stems for which both plants are grown and harvested. Ginger's knobby rhizome grows in branches sometimes called fingers, together which make a 'hand.'

Ginger is harvested between 8-10 months after planting. Most young fresh ginger has flesh that is light yellow and juicy with a more mild flavor. As the rhizome matures, the thin easily-abraded skin thickens, the flesh darkens and becomes more fibrous, and its taste grows in pungency. The aromatic rhizome is then carefully dug from the soil and hand-rubbed to remove its outer most skin. It is then dried, sometimes bleached, and sold in a variety of forms for consumption including: fresh, dried, ground, preserved, and/or sugared.

When fresh ginger is dried it becomes less citrusy and its pungency increases since the drying process converts the flavor constituent gingerol to shogaol which has double the heat. When both are cooked they are converted to the more mildly spicy zingerone.
USAGE HINT

Substituting dried for fresh will not always yield the same flavor or work with the recipe.

QUICK FACT

Ginger root, like turmeric root, is not a root at all, but instead is a rhizome. A rhizome is the underground stem of a plant that grows horizontally and sends out roots and shoots. Rhizomes are also called rootstalks.

 
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