Ginger’s fresh, spicy flavor makes it a great addition to a variety of dishes. Indeed, ginger has been valued for centuries for both its culinary and medicinal uses.

Where Can I Find Ginger?

Typically, grocery stores will carry ginger in various forms:

  • Fresh — Ginger in its “root” form will be found in a refrigerated area of the produce section. Break off the portion you desire, and store (unpeeled) in your refrigerator or freezer. To use, peel off the outer brown skin, then slice, chop, or grate. This form has a large amount of health benefits and is very inexpensive.
  • Bottled — Pre-grated ginger can be found in bottles or jars in most grocery stores. This convenience item can be used like fresh ginger, but it can have added ingredients (and increased cost), depending on the brand.
  • Pickled — This form is traditionally served with sushi and can be found in the Asian section of many stores, or in Asian markets.
  • Candied or crystallized — These forms can typically be found in the baking aisle or bulk food section. Both have sugar added, which can temper the bite of fresh ginger. These forms are good for baking or eating.
  • Ground — Ground or powdered ginger will be located in the spice aisle of your grocery store.

Health Benefits

Ginger is full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help improve gas and other intestinal ailments. Its use in treating nausea and vomiting related to motion sickness, pregnancy, or chemotherapy is widely studied. However, ginger may slow blood clotting, so it is important to consult a physician if you are taking medication that also slows blood clotting.

Did You Know?

Ginger can be used in a wide variety of foods and drinks. Try using it in:

  • Cookies
  • Curries
  • Dipping sauces
  • Gingerbread
  • Homemade sushi
  • Marinades
  • Peach or apple crisp
  • Salad dressings
  • Soups
  • Stir-fries
  • Teas
  • Vegetable dishes