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Ginger (zingiber officnale)

Ginger can be bought in several forms - 'dried ginger', a fibrous whole root; 'ground ginger', light-brown-coloured powder; 'green' (fresh) ginger; 'crystalised', for use in cakes; 'stem', preserved in syrup for desserts; 'pickled', in thin slices.

Ginger powder has a different flavour and can"t be substituted if fresh root is called for, but is excellent for its own uses such as being an essential ingredient of curry powder, in ginger beer as well as bread and cake.

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