Tuesday, March 19, 2019

All Things Ginger!


Ginger as a color, a scent, a flavor, a healer, and a drink. It is a very versatile rhizome. Here's a short synopsis of all that is ginger and how to gingerize your life!

Growing Ginger


Soak the ginger root in warm water overnight to prepare for planting. Fill a shallow, wide plant pot (ginger roots grow horizontally) with rich, well-draining potting soil. Place the ginger root with the eye bud pointing up and cover it with 1-2 inches more of soil. It prefers the southern climates.


GINGER SCENTS

4711 Acqua Colonia Lemon and Ginger 
Origins Ginger Essence
Terranova White Ginger

GINGER ALE

1-1/2 oz of minced ginger root
6 oz of sugar
7-1/2 oz filtered water
1/8 tsp active dry yeast
2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Put ginger, sugar and 1/2 c.water in saucepan over medium high heat. Heat until sugar dissolves. Remove, cover and let steep for an hour. Pour syrup over cheesecloth over a bowl to strain. Press to squeeze all the liquid out. Put over bowl of ice in fridge to chill. 
Funnel into a clean bottle with the yeast, other 7 c. of water, and lemon juice. 
Cap it and gently shake. Leave at ROOM TEMP for at least 48 hours, check for amount of carbonation. Once you are pleased with the amount, refrigerate it. Will last 2 weeks in fridge but open it once a day. LINK

CANDIED GINGER


Cut ginger into 2-inch pieces and slice lengthwise into 1/8-inch slices. Score ginger slices by pricking with a fork. Combine ginger-sugar mixture and water in a large skillet or wok; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts into a syrup and starts to crystallize, about 1 hour.



Ginger is great in chutneys, jams, Asian food, candied ginger, pickled ginger. LINK

In the summer time, I put some chopped root into water with fruits or cucumber, cilantro, and have a refreshing drink. Ginger is fantastic as a tea or in tea. I make a tea using ginger, blueberries, honey, and cinnamon. I like to eat it raw. Candied ginger is my favorite candy. Pickled ginger is amazing with sushi and Asian food! 


NAUSEA AND MOTION SICKNESS

Ginger tablets are used for nausea or motion sickness. If you are queasy, there is a reason folks recommend ginger ale. What you really want is the tablet. It is as effective as dramamine. 


ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

LINK Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and shown to have effect on those with osteoarthritis. 

COLOR

True Value Ginger Root Paint B176

Guerlain Ginger Rouge Lipstick

OPI Ginger Bells nail polish


It's hot and spicy, sweet and earthy, crisp and colorful. You can feel the vitality the moment you taste it, smell it, see it! 

Ginger - the cure for soul's melancholy. 

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