Ginger has a bouquet that is warm, sweet, and pungent. The flavor of ginger is surprisingly fiery and pungent. Ginger is in the same plant family as turmeric and cardamom, but has a wildly different taste.
Although it is often called "ginger root," it is actually a rhizome [like iris or canna flowers]. Ginger is native to India and China, and has been important in Chinese medicine for centuries. Ginger is cited in the Koran, indicating that it has been known and used in the Arab world since 650 a.d. Ginger is also one of the earliest known spices known in Western Europe, used since the ninth century. Ginger became so popular in Europe, that it had a place on every dinner table, like salt or pepper. Ginger was used to fight the plague in the Middle Ages. In nineteenth century England, barkeepers put mall containers of ground ginger on the bar, for patrons to sprinkle in their ale -- the origin of ginger ale. Ginger has a long history in European baking in dishes such as gingerbread and gingersnaps.
**Ginger Powder** Powdered ginger is the buff-coloured ground spice made from dried root, perfect for all baking recipes - especially gingersnaps, gingerbread, molasses cookies, coffee cakes, fruit breads, pies and muffins. Powdered ginger is great in Indian spice blends, Chinese stir-fry, marinades, pickles, Japanese rice dishes, mulled wine and vegetable stews. Use powdered ginger where you want the zippy flavor, but not the texture of sliced, diced, or crushed ginger.
**Ginger crystallized sliced** Fresh ginger that has been slowly cooked in sugar water and rolled in coarse sugar to preserve it. Slice off what you need easily. Also known as candied ginger or glace ginger. Crystallized ginger has wonderful sweet spicy taste and is commonly used in desserts. Ingredients: ginger, sugar
**Ginger Crystallized Diced** Some recipe suggestions for crystallized diced ginger: in homemade ice cream [especially chocolate or delicate fruit flavors], cakes, puddings, strawberry-rhubarb compote, ginger biscotti, gingered cream for grapefruit. Because the ginger keeps its biting ginger-ness, even under the sugar coating, it is delicious in marinades for teriyaki or sweet-and-sour. Ingredients: ginger, sugar
**Ginger crushed** A hot and spicy flavor that is also refreshing and sharp. Incredibly versatile, ginger is second only to salt in importance for Asian cuisines. Crushed ginger offers the vibrant flavor of fresh ginger, without the work of peeling and finely mincing the root. A must for Asian recipes.