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.
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.
Orange Ginger Stars, Hot Chocolate Cookies & Apricot Ginger White Chocolate Macaroons. Can we say triple threat?
Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger
Try these in lieu of your regular after-dinner mint. Ben & Bills, Oak Bluffs, $20.95/lb.
Pickled Ginger packs a pungent punch. Available at Cronig’s, Net Result and other local grocery stores, around $5.
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.
Candy that’s digest-friendly. Available at Cronig’s Healthy Additions, Vineyard Haven, The Ginger People, $1.49–$3.79.
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.
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.
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.