Monday, November 10, 2008

I drink lots of ginger "tea" this time of year! I love the aroma, the spicy bite and the flavor! It warms me up. As you know, Ginger is also great for all sorts of cooking applications, and I'm a big fan of ginger beer (nonalcoholic). Ginger is good for an upset stomach.

We use the plant rhizome to make the ginger tea infusion. Peel, slice and boil. The spicier you want it, the longer it should infuse. Sometimes I allow the ginger to sit in the water overnight.

Ginger is native to India and China. It can be grown as a houseplant, or in warmer climates, outdoors. More growing info.

Do you have favorite ways to use ginger? One of my favorites it to make ginger-lemon-limeade. I replace the water with a ginger brew. I also like to punch up my chai with ginger water.

7 comments:

Marilyn Miller, the Marmalady said...

In my house we love ginger, especially in anything Asian. I love your idea of adding it to chai.

sweetcakes said...

Last winter when I had pneumonia, Amy made me a ginger tonic. She boiled ginger slices in water and then added lemon juice and honey. It was strong but soothing.

Melanie said...

This summer I first had fresh, locally grown ginger and WOW! what a difference! It was tender and juicy and sweet - good enough to motivate me to actually try the 'grow your own' directions.

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, enjoyed you post on ginger! Think I could by the ginger in grocery and try to root it? I had thing to make and never have ginger, and with my illness, ginger is great for the stomach. Be better than taking pill to keep food down! I put thumb nail and you are on my blog with each post you write.

Frivolitea said...

hi steph, my husband, the amateur cocktail guy (http://amateurcocktailguy.com/) makes ginger syrup and then uses it to make homeade gingerale or ginger daiquiris. He gives his ginger syrup recipe on his blog, so just click on the ginger category and scroll down.

Steph said...

Hi, All! Thanks for your comments! I'm looking forward to trying the ginger syrup and making the ginger tonic for friends in need! Lady Katherine - if you sprout your own ginger, let us know how it goes! :-)

Angela McRae said...

Well! I certainly never knew it was possible to grow ginger as a houseplant. I will be suspending a bit in water post haste. Thanks for imparting this great bit of info!