The spice of fresh ginger carries a special warmth, like a mellow flame that ignites our bodies. It’s not fiery like a chili, but it burns more brightly than its aromatic friends, garlic and onion. It straddles the worlds of both vegetable and spice.
Ginger’s flavor is strong and subtle, as is its appearance: Beneath rough beige skin you wouldn’t expect flesh that shines so golden like the sun. Its initial heat yields to a lingering earthiness and zest. What better antidote to winter’s chill?
The Mindful Kitchen Recipe: Ginger Tea
Enjoy the bright yet earthy spice of ginger with a cup of soothing tea. Peel and slice a 2-inch knob of ginger and throw it in a pot with a couple cups of water. Boil for about 10 minutes, then strain into your favorite mug. Squeeze in some lemon juice and add a spoonful of honey (or sweetener of your choice). Take a big inhale of delicious steam, and drink in the warmth.
Gingerols are the active nutritional components in ginger. With powerful anti-inflammatory properties, these compounds can also provide a great remedy for nausea and indigestion.