Beautiful 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:Selling for $14 a pound, there was another table with bigger clumps which were $16 a pound:Seems 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. They 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.