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Ginger is an extrovert, making pairing both challenging and rewarding. Few flavors as brash as ginger also have its affability. Equally at home in savory, sweet and pickled dishes, both fresh and dried ginger have a chameleonic ability to take center stage without overshadowing the other players in the dish.
It’s a perfect ingredient for fall, offering both warmth and brightness as the weather turns cold and dark. There’s a Chinese proverb, “薑還是老的辣”—older ginger is spicier, i.e. with age comes wisdom which you should keep in mind when shopping, as the larger, older roots have stronger and better flavor.