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Spice Up Your Winter with Ginger

Want to spice up your winter? Try ginger! It is aromatic with a spicy flavor that is wonderful in savory and sweet dishes. Throughout history ginger has been used to help with digestion, for nausea and other conditions. It contains vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.

Fresh ginger is a knobby, beige root that is available year round in the produce section. Select one that has a spicy fragrance and smooth skin without cracks. Store ginger root in a plastic bag or wrapped in a paper towel in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Ginger is great to use during the Christmas season. Here are some ideas:

  • Stir fry: Add grated or minced ginger for a wonderfully flavored stir fry.
  • Soup: Grated or pureed ginger is a great addition to most any soup.
  • Tea: Cut a piece of fresh ginger and pour boiling water over it. Add a little honey and lemon to make a festive hot beverage to warm you up during cold winter weather.
  • Zucchini or Broccoli Sauté: Sauté fresh minced ginger in a little olive oil until light browned. Add zucchini chunks or broccoli florets and sauté until tender. Serve as a simple and healthy side dish to add a nice green color and to fill out a Christmas menu.
  • Poached Pears or Apples: Add a piece of fresh ginger to unsweetened apple juice to poach fresh pears or apples for a spicy and sweet dessert.

By Becky Varner, MS RD LD

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