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Ginger Forms

Ginger is available in six forms: fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized (or candied), and powdered or ground. Its flavor is peppery and slightly sweet, with a pungent and spicy aroma. Keep in mind that fresh ginger, much like garlic, mellows with cooking, and turns bitter if you burn it. Know that the ground form has a different flavor, which is most commonly used in sweet desserts and is not normally interchangeable with fresh ginger.

•  Ginger Information and Recipes

(fresh ginger graphic) Fresh Ginger
Available in in two forms: young and mature. Young roots, also called green or spring ginger, has a pale, thin skin that requires no peeling, is very tender and has a milder flavor. It can be grated, chopped, or julienned for use. Mature ginger root has a tough skin that must be peeled away to get to the fibrous flesh and is usually grated, chopped or ground for use.
(dried ginger graphic) Dried Ginger
This form is usually found in whole fingers and also in slices. It is usually soaked in recipe liquid before using.
(pickled ginger graphic) Pickled Ginger
Called gari or beni shoga in Japan, this form is pickled in sweet vinegar and is usually colored bright red or pink. It is a familiar accompaniment to sushi and is also eaten to refresh the breath. Available at Asian markets, it should be kept refrigerated in its container.
(preserved ginger graphic) Preserved Ginger
Also available in Asian and specialty markets, this form has been preserved in a sugar-salt mixture. It is generally used as a confection or added to desserts, and it is especially good with melons.
(crystallized ginger graphic) Crystallized Ginger
Also known as candied ginger, this form has been cooked in a sugar syrup until tender and then coated with granulated sugar. It is commonly used in desserts and can easily be made at home.
(ground ginger graphic) Ground Ginger
Also referred to as powdered, this dried, ground form is quite different than fresh. It is readily available in standard supermarkets, and is used primarily in sweets and curry mixes.

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