Ginger


ginger root

-photo from mrlins on flickr

I love ginger. This is not an overstatement. I use it in everything from condiments to cookies to beverages.

Ginger is one of my favorite spices. And yes, it is a spice, not an herb. Experts consider the roots of plants that are used for medicinal or culinary purposes to be spices (substances that come from non-woody plants are considered herbs).

Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is also a primary culinary ingredient in Chinese cooking. In our culture, ginger is considered a super food, or super spice. Whenever I get a little tickle in my throat, I throw a pot of Ginger Licorice Tea on the stove and drink it up. My boys like this concoction of mine quite a bit and ask for it when they feel under the weather. I will have a recipe for homemade ginger ale in my next book, so stay tuned!

The Worlds Healthiest Foods website has lots more info on ginger root, so check it out. Here are all of my gluten free recipes that use ginger: