Vegetable of the Month

This months vegetable of the month is,

Ginger

Yes that funny looking root vegetable we all always wonder what it is and usually tend to walk right past in the grocery store. However, did you know, Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and even pain. Ginger is a flowering plant, that is used typically as a spice. The root or underground stem of the ginger plant can be consumed in many ways. Fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or even as a juice. Ginger is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young.

Chef’s Notes:

  • Fresh ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks if it is left unpeeled. Stored unpeeled in the freezer, it will keep for up to six months.
  • Dried ginger powder should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. Alternatively, you can store it in the refrigerator where it will enjoy an extended shelf life of about one year.
  • Combine ginger, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a wonderful salad dressing
  • Spice up your healthy sautéed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger

TRY IT!

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