Jul 20, 2019 Last Updated 6:31 AM, Nov 9, 2017
 
 

Fresh Ginger: Baby vs. Mature

Baby ginger has pinkish/purplish tinged tips. Its skin looks plump and less wrinkly. Harvested at around 5 months, it’s still tender, succulent and virtually fiberless. It’s used to make candied and crystallized ginger; that’s why high quality crystallized ginger is almost jelly-like inside.

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Heat Up Your Frozen Desserts with Ginger

For over 5,000 years, ginger has been touted for its ability to remedy a myriad of maladies, from indigestion to arthritis, even old age and a poor sex life. Ginger’s healing lore is traced to Confucius, who believed in the spice’s ability to cleanse not only the body, but also the soul. It is said that he ate ginger every day and, according to his teachings, ginger was considered to be so cleansing that it was the only spice allowed in the diet during periods of fasting. During the Roman Empire, ginger was a coveted spice reserved for nobility and commanded a price 15 times that of black pepper.

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