Fresh ginger has a deliciously sweet and fragrant aroma and a fresh, citrus, slightly spicy flavour. It has a distinctive knobbly appearance and is usually sold in pieces about 6-15cm long. It is actually the root of the plant sometimes referred to as root ginger, with a pale brown skin and gold-coloured fibrous flesh.

It is believed ginger originated in Southeast Asia, where it has grown for millennia. It arrived in Europe around 800AD.

GINGER are classed as a vegetable.


Use ginger as a seasoning for oriental-style dishes, soups and stir-fries, or to add flavour to salad dressings and marinades.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g: energy 18 kcal, 74 kJ; protein 1.8g; carbohydrate 1.8g; fat 0.4g.


Peel the woody skin using a vegetable peeler or sharp knife. Grate, slice or chop as required. To maintain freshness, only peel small amounts immediately before use.


Store in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Ginger also freezes very well.


Good quality ginger root should exhibit firm, well-shaped roots with fairly smooth, light brown skin and gold-coloured interior. Choose roots with minimal knots. Avoid shrivelled or soft roots.

Fun Fact

Elizabeth I liked her gingerbread men to be fashioned to look like her favourite courtiers!


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.