Both dried and fresh ginger come from the underground stem of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) which is a part of the Zingiberaceae family. This means that the ginger plant is related to other spices like turmeric and cardamom. Ginger is a popular spice used to flavor beverages like ginger ale and ginger beer and is an important ingredient in a variety of Asian cuisines as well. It is used in dishes from the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. It is from China but spread throughout the world on the spice routes that existed as early as the first century.
The forms of ginger that are most familiar to Americans are the fresh form which involves peeling and chopping or grating the ginger, and the dried and ground form. This week on SPICEography Showdown, let’s take a look at how these two forms compare to each other and how to choose which one to use.