A knob of fresh ginger

How to select

Ginger comes in different forms. Fresh ginger is found as a root. Choose robust firm roots with a spicy fragrance and smooth skin. Ginger root should not be cracked or withered.

How to prepare

  • Peel away the skin of the ginger root using a vegetable peeler. 
  • A spoon can be used to peel skin from grooves. 
  • Ginger can be cut into slices, matchsticks, or finely diced.

How to store

Store ginger root tightly wrapped in a paper towel or plastic wrap (or put into a plastic bag) in the refrigerator for 2–3 weeks.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Cut up a hunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel) and pour boiling water over it. Add a little honey and a little lemon to make the perfect cool-weather tea.
  • Almost every stir fry could use a little grated or minced ginger to spice things up.
  • Ginger is a fantastic ingredient to add to any soup, including soups that feature fall fruits and vegetables.
  • Try adding grated ginger with a combination of whole wheat bread crumbs, garlic, and cilantro (if desired) over tilapia or another white fish. Bake in the oven at 400° F until fish is flaky.

Fun facts

  • Ginger is rich in vitamins and minerals. 
  • The gingerbread man was apparently invented by Queen Elizabeth I. 
  • Ginger can potentially reduce hypertension, inflammation, and nausea. 
  • Ginger originated in the tropical rainforests of India and Southern Asia.

Nutrition facts and info

5 slices ginger root = 9 calories, 2 g carbs, 45 mg potassium

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FoodData Central. Ginger root, raw. April 2018.

MSU Extension. Plant science at the dinner table: Ginger. December 8, 2020.

Serious Eats. How to prepare and store ginger. May 7, 2023.