Appetizers

Spice up your recipes with ginger juice

Fresh-pressed ginger juice can substitute for the real root.
Fresh-pressed ginger juice can substitute for the real root. apierleoni@sacbee.com

What’s not to like about ginger? The root of the ginger plant has been used in Asian and Indian cuisines for thousands of years, and increasingly is becoming a staple in American kitchens.

The medicinal claims associated with the spicy herb are legion, from helping digestion and increasing energy, to acting as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant.

In cooking, it’s usually chopped, minced, sliced or julienned. If you don’t want to do the knife work, consider a bottle of fresh-pressed organic ginger juice from the Ginger People of Marina, Calif. ($4 for 5 ounces). The directions are simple: Substitute the liquid for the solid. Order it online or find it in Whole Foods markets.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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