Ginger Root

Ginger root is used in sauces, condiments, chicken or fruit dishes. It is also used as a seasoning for sweets like cake, bread, ice cream and beverages. Good-quality ginger root should have smooth light brown skin with a light sheen and white flesh. Pick the roots with the least number of knots and/or branching. Avoid product that is small, wrinkled or soft. Ginger root is available year-round from Fiji, Costa Rica, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hawaii and Brazil. Store ginger root dry in your refrigerator. For longer storage, peel the ginger and cover with sherry wine before refrigerating. You can also freeze ginger root for up to three months. This tropical tuber, which first came from Malabar and Bengal, India, now is grown in many areas, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Fiji Islands which supply the mainland U.S. market.

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