Organic ginger is an incredibly versatile spice, offering a wide variety of benefits and potential uses. Not only is it potent and flavorful, it has many healing benefits as well.
Cooking With Organic Ginger
Many Asian dishes wouldn’t be complete without ginger. If you’re serving sushi or sashimi, ginger is an essential ingredient; ginger is typically served along with soy sauce and wasabi. Ginger also enhances many different meat, vegetable and rice dishes.
Baking With Organic Ginger
Organic ginger is also an important ingredient in a baker’s pantry. It’s an essential ingredient in some cookie recipes; for example, you’d have a hard time baking ginger snaps without ginger.
Beverages Made With Ginger
Ginger ale is one of the best-beloved beverages made from ginger. Ginger tea also has many fans.
The adventurous juicing enthusiast can spice up just about any fruit juice recipes by juicing a chunk of raw ginger to add to the mix. For best results, juice the ginger first, then the other fruits required. Ginger works especially well in orange juice based recipes.
Organic Ginger’s Healing Benefits
Organic ginger is one of the most powerful medicinal spices you can have in your pantry or medicine chest. Not only does it make for delicious teas and tisanes, it’s useful for preventing and treating nausea, digestive disturbances and upset stomachs.
Organic ginger is a wholesome, healthy way to prevent and treat morning sickness, motion sickness or hangovers. For added benefits, consume your ginger either as a tea, or with plenty of fresh juice or water.
Fresh organic ginger is best for medicinal use, but dried ginger is also effective.
We recommend that sailors keep a jar of powdered organic ginger aboard their boats, along with stevia and organic lemon juice concentrate. If anyone aboard starts to feel seasick, add a shot of the lemon juice, a pinch of stevia and a few generous shakes of ginger to a thermos full of water, give it to the seasick person and bring him or her topside so s/he can watch the horizon.
This is just as effective for road-trippers who may be prone to motion sickness.
An alternative: bring candied ginger on any trip if seasick-prone or motion-sickness prone people will be joining you.
Why Organic Ginger?
By now, some of you might be wondering: OK, I’m sold on the idea of the ginger, but does it have to be organic ginger? Couldn’t I get the same benefits from the non-organic kind? The answer is no, you will not get the fullest range of benefits from non-organic ginger — plus some conventionally farmed ginger could actually harm you, depending on the growing conditions.
For starters, non-organic food contains chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are detrimental to human health. If you’re concerned about your health, you absolutely need to avoid consuming any non-organic foods, including non-organic ginger. Additionally, organic food is proven to be more nutritious than non-organic.
Storing Organic Ginger
For best results, do not refrigerate fresh organic ginger. It keeps best at room temperature.
Powdered ginger is best kept in a cool, dry place, away from moisture and direct sunlight. Store it in an airtight glass jar if possible.