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Ginger Ground Fairtrade Organic Spice

Description Price Quantity
Organic Fairtrade Ginger Ground standard jar 42g £2.65


, European
, Indian
, African
, Chinese
, Asian

, Fairtrade
, Vegan
, Sugar free
, Salt free

Ginger Ground Fairtrade Organic Spice

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Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Ginger Powder was one of the first spices that Steenbergs added to its range of organic Fairtrade spices in 2005.  Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Ginger is carefully grown by traditional farmers in Sri Lanka, where it is hand processed to create this wonderfully fresh smelling and tasting organic Fairtrade ginger powder.  The ginger root is normally call a ginger "hand" with "fingers" running off it.  These are peeled and dried to create the powdered ginger that we know and love.  The aroma and flavour of organic Fairtrade ginger is sweet and pungent with a powerful bite that gets the back of the nose, but there is a definite lemony freshness.  The flavour of Steenbergs organic Fairtrade ginger powder is that classic warm and spicy taste that we all expect from home-made ginger biscuits - sweet, spicy, warming and hints of citrus coming through in the best harvests. 

Axel Steenberg says

"I just love the smell of ginger powder, it really gets the mouth watering and every new batch sets me off on a flurry of baking - it reminds me of childhood days when mum used to bake delicious ginger biscuits and that smell of ginger mixed with melted butter and the sweetness of golden syrup used to just pervade the whole house."  There really is nothing like a pair of rose-tinted glasses, is there?

Ginger comes from rhizome of a tropical, perennial plant - Zingiber officinale. Ginger grows erect, leafy shoots that get to over 1 metre in height (4ft) and 5mm in diameter, which die down annually. Separate flower stems grow directly from the rhizome, which end in white or yellow blossom with a purple-speckled lip. Although ginger flowers are used in Asian cookery, it is the rhizome - usually called the ginger root - that is the source of the spice. The ginger rhizome grows underground in tuberous joints, creating something that looks like a knuckled hand with swollen, plump fingers. Ginger rhizomes are encircled in scales, covered in a beige coloured skin that covers the pale tan to white fibrous flesh. The aroma and flavour of ginger is sweet and pungent with a lemony freshness, while the flavour is similarly sweet, spicy and warm depending on when harvested. Early harvested ginger is sweeter and more tender and so used for crystallised ginger, while the later harvested ginger is pungent and fibrous and so is used for the culinary spice. Dried ginger is uprooted from the ground, cleaned then dried in the sun. For more on ginger, look at Ingredientia and Wikipedia.

Ginger is a versatile spice being used either in sweet bakery for cakes and biscuits directly or in mixes like Steenbergs organic mixed spice, while it is also used in savoury foods from Indian and South East Asian curries through to sausages. I like it in making sausages finding it adds a pleasing heat that complements the pork very well. For some ideas on how to use ginger, try BBC recipes and Steenbergs Recipes section and type in ginger.

Steenbergs organic ginger powder is part of Steenbergs range of over 400 organic spices, peppers, herbs and flavoured sugars. For your local stockist click on "Where to see us", or ring us on 01765 640 088 or perhaps try the email   

Nutritional Info:

Values per 100g:

Energy 347kCal; 1470kJ
Protein 8.5g
Carbohydrates 70.4g
Fat 3.5g

Values per 2.5g teaspoon:
Energy 9kCal; 37kJ
Protein 0.2g
Carbohydrates 1.8g
Fat 0.1g

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