Used everywhere from Asia to the Americas, ginger is one of the world’s most popular spices. But can ginger be frozen? In today’s post, we offer useful tips to store ginger along with some interesting facts about the history of this plant.
Can Ginger Be Frozen?
Yes, you can freeze ginger and store it in the freezer, where it keeps for up to six months.
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to freeze whole ginger:
- Wash and dry the ginger root making sure to scrub any dirt
- Peel the ginger and remove the parts that don’t look fresh
- Cut the root into smaller pieces so you can take only the amount you need in the future
- Place the ginger in a zip-top bag and push out as much air as possible before sealing it
- Write the freezing date on the bag
Remember that after six months, frozen ginger may start losing some of its flavor, so make sure to use it within that time frame.
Where Does Ginger Come From?
Ginger has an impressively ancient history. For example, the English word “ginger” comes from “singabera,” which was the name of this spice in Sanskrit, a language so old that it predates even Classical languages such as Greek and Latin.
While the precise origins of ginger are unknown, its history dates back at least 5,000 years. Since then, ginger has been used in the cuisines of some of history’s most influential civilizations, including ancient China, the Roman Empire, and the spice trade along the Silk Road.
Today, ginger is used all over the world thanks to its characteristic combination of spiciness and sweetness.
Not only is ginger savory, but it’s also a good source of nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.
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