Look What I bought at The Union Square Market

IMG_0082Beautiful young ginger freshly pulled from the ground is not something I would expect to see at a market in the northeast United State.  Sure, over the past few years some farmers have had little nubs of expensive ginger that they had managed to grow, but never did I expect to find in my wanderings through the market this:IMG_0078Selling for $14 a pound, there was another table with bigger clumps which were $16 a pound:IMG_0079Seems like this was either a great year for Ginger or that these farmers have finally figured out how to grow it successfully here.  What ever the reason I was very excited to buy some and bring it home.  IMG_0080They told me the entire plant was edible and suggested maybe I make a tea out of the stem. This piece above cost $11.

In my excitement I forgot to look and see the farm’s name.  It was a large stand and it was Wednesday, it won’t be too hard to find: they are the only ones with a large table filled with fresh ginger!

Now I need your help – what should I do with it?  I feel like I want to make something very special as I am sure it’s going to be the sweetest, most flavorful ginger I have ever cooked with.  Part of me wants to pickle it.

Please leave your suggestions in the comments.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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3 Responses to Look What I bought at The Union Square Market

  1. reelcharlie says:

    Whatever you decide to make will be delicious!

  2. Rouchelle dC says:

    Ginger lychee ice cream. = ) Canned lychee just as good and less tedious to prepare since lychees are no longer in season. I really like the combination. Ginger tea sounds great too. We call it “Salabat” in our country. Nice and soothing.

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