Knobby and sometimes intimidating looking, fresh ginger is a great way to add fresh flavor to a variety of meals and recipes. Once peeled and grated, ginger can easily be thrown into various sauces, glazes, and marinades to brighten up the dish. Traditionally included in Asian recipes like noodle bowls or stir-fry, it can also be added for a fun twist on recipes like Lemony Chicken with Root Vegetables or Zesty Heirloom Gazpacho. Don’t forget to bake up a batch of Fresh Gingerbread Squares for dessert.
Ginger has been valued as a digestive aid since the Middle Ages. Ginger can calm over-active stomach contractions, allowing stomach contents to enter the intestines (this may also help to decrease heartburn). It also contains an enzyme called zingibain that may assist in protein digestion.