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You’ve probably passed fresh ginger and turmeric a dozen times while shopping in Heinen’s Produce Department and wondered, “what on Earth is this?” or “what do I do with it?” I’m here to clear up both of those questions!
What are Ginger and Turmeric?
Ginger and turmeric are both amazing root vegetables that have delicious flavors and provide a myriad of health benefits. Slightly sour with a spicy, hot sensation, they are both considered “earthy.”
Known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is loaded with antioxidants and can even help settle your stomach, but it’s also great for cooking. It tastes delicious in vinaigrettes, stir fries, soup and broth, sautéed vegetables or in a spice blend to coat a roast.
Considered a superfood for the brain, turmeric is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, just like ginger, but since its “earthy” flavor is much stronger than ginger, it is not quite as useable. It does taste great sautéed with vegetables, combined with other pungent spices like curry, added to soups or mixed with honey and added to chicken.
How to Prepare Ginger
Start by removing the outside peel of the ginger with a peeler or a paring knife. Be careful, as the shape and texture of the ginger root can make it tricky to peel.
Place the peeled ginger root on a cutting board and prepare to cut it. Ginger has long, thin threads that run throughout the root, which makes it challenging to cut. To make things easier, turn the ginger root sideways and cut it in half. Then turn it one more time and slice it as thin as possible.
Finally, serve the ginger in thin slices, or stack the slices as you would sliced carrots, turn it again and mince.
How to Prepare Turmeric
Start by removing the outer layer of skin with a peeler.
Once peeled, set the turmeric root on a cutting board and thinly slice it into rounds. There’s no need to turn it first, like the ginger, because turmeric does not have thin threads that run throughout the root.
If you prefer turmeric finely grated rather than sliced, use a microplaner to grate the turmeric into small minced pieces.