Ginger

by Sydney Bender

Turn up the volume and enjoy this spicy culinary herb, jam-packed with nutrients and spice and everything nice. Candied, crushed, crystallized, powdered or pickled, ginger’ll make you warm and cozy.

Ginger Beer

Root beer is soooo ‘09. Known to many as ginger ale with a kick, ginger beer is spicy, refreshing and non-alcoholic. Available at area grocers, $6.39 for four.

Ginger Beer

Ginger Cookies

Orange Ginger Stars, Hot Chocolate Cookies & Apricot Ginger White Chocolate Macaroons. Can we say triple threat?

Ginger Cookies

Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

Try these in lieu of your regular after-dinner mint. Ben & Bills, Oak Bluffs, $20.95/lb.

Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

Pickled Ginger

Pickled Ginger packs a pungent punch. Available at Cronig’s, Net Result and other local grocery stores, around $5.

Pickled Ginger

Organic Crystalized Ginger

Spice up your next batch of sugar cookies by mixing in some of these candied ginger pieces. Available at LeRoux, Vineyard Haven, The Ginger People, $7.49.

Organic Crystalized Ginger

Ginger Chews

Candy that’s digest-friendly. Available at Cronig’s Healthy Additions, Vineyard Haven, The Ginger People, $1.49–$3.79.

Ginger Chews

Ground Ginger

More potent than fresh ginger, ground ginger has a stronger taste and is used to flavor baked goods of all varieties. Remember, a little bit goes a long way. Available at local grocery stores. Around $25/lb.

Ground Ginger

Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps

Oh, snap! These crunchy, spicy cookies are just what you need when you’re having your mid-afternoon cup of tea. Crush them up and put them in ice cream, too. Available at Cronig’s, Mi-Del, $3.79.

Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps

Ginger Grater

A practical tool for this fibrous root. Grate what you need and store the rest in the freezer (for up to a couple of years!) Available at LeRoux, Vineyard Haven, $7.99.

Ginger Grater