Mouldy ginger! This is ‘fresh’ ginger stored incorrectly.
There is a difference between ‘fresh’ and ‘cured’ old season ginger. In the supermarkets you will be buying ‘cured’ ginger mostly.
From Harvest Hub you will be buying Fresh Ginger.
The knotted, beige skin of fresh ginger certainly isn’t going to win any prizes in a beauty contest but peel away the outside and you are left with yellow flesh that is both delicious and useful.
Great in homemade tea, stir fry, soups and even for making infused vodka, ginger adds zest and a tiny touch of heat to pretty much any dish.
In China ginger has been used for treating the sick for more than 2,000 years and today it is used around the world for everything from motion sickness, to muscle pain and bronchitis. It can also be used to help arthritis, menstrual pain and for treating burns.
Isn’t it mind-boggling how nature gave us solutions to so many of the health problems we humans suffer from…
Fresh ginger can be a bit tricky to store, especially in damp or humid weather, but if you store it correctly it can last for months!
Always keep your ginger in a well-ventilated area, never under the sink, loose in the crisper or near another mouldy product.
Fridge – ginger can last up to 2 months in the fridge. Just wrap the root in a piece of paper towel, place in a zip lock bag and pop it in the fridge. Change the paper towel regularly to make sure it isn’t damp.
Freezer – ginger lasts for months and months in the freezer. Peel, then cut it in to chunks and pop it in a zip lock bag and it is ready to go whenever you need it.
Other ways of keeping fresh ginger include storing it in vodka, wine or vinegar. Try the vodka first – that way you have fresh ginger when you need it plus ginger flavoured vodka.
If mould does grow on your ginger it will most likely be white, grey or greenish and furry. If you notice that some ginger in your refrigerator has become mouldy it’s not necessarily ruined. If the mould is only on the skin you can wash, scrub it and cut mould off the skin of the ginger and consume the flesh but make sure you check that the mould hasn’t reached the flesh.
Homemade ginger tea recipe: Save the skins that you peeled off of the ginger and steep them in hot water with lemon, fennel, and honey. Delicious any time and fantastic if you have a cold.