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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

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April
Central Oregon
USA
2688 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2023 :  4:53:43 PM  Show Profile
Hi Ladies,

Sara was so kind to post the following thread under last years Herb of the year for 2022, so I thought I would just copy and paste her posting here under a new thread for 2023.

Sara, thank you for keeping this thread going each new year! xo
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Posted - Jan 09 2023 : 05:46:59 AM Show Profile Email Poster
In the past I have announced the International Herb Society Herb of the Year. This year it is ginger.

Last year there was a discussion on having different Farmgirls pick the herb of the year each year. I think that is a great idea so if you want to choose the herb this year and keep up with the thread please do so. I will no longer be hosting the Herb of the Year thread.



Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.


Edited by - Dreamer42 on Jan 10 2023 4:54:49 PM

Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

2688 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
2688 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2023 :  4:54:26 PM  Show Profile
Thank you, Sara, for selecting and announcing the herb of the year. I personally LOVE ginger. I will strive to celebrate ginger this year with you farmgirls and think of new ways to use it at home. I'm already a candied ginger sort of girl, ginger tumeric teas are a favorite of mine as well. I personally would like to experiment cooking with it, so, inspiried, I will look for a few new recipes that include ginger and venture out of my little box. Hugs!

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1497 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1497 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2023 :  5:01:31 PM  Show Profile
Ginger…I really love ground ginger in baked goods. My experience with fresh ginger and ginger flavored things hasn’t been super positive. I would love guidance in the best ways to use it in meals. I tend to find it over powering and “hot”. Is it just me? Lol

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6863 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6863 Posts

Posted - Jan 11 2023 :  05:30:00 AM  Show Profile
Thanks, April, for keeping the Herb of the Year going.

In MJ's Idea Book starting on page 129 are recipes for spice/herb blends. Several of the recipes call for ground ginger. I have made them, and they are very good. That's reminds me I should check to see which ones I need to makeup.



Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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AussieChick
Sharpshooter

349 Posts

Cindy
Bend Oregon
USA
349 Posts

Posted - Jan 11 2023 :  10:46:38 AM  Show Profile
I LOVE GINGER! It's such a versatile ingredients in sweet and savoury dishes. Not to mention all of it's medicinal benefits (it can be used to treat nausea and motion sickness; it has great anti-inflammatory properties; and it is supportive for digestive and immune health).
I am now inspired to dig out more of my recipes with ginger in them. Here's one that I love, but haven't made for a while. It's a recipe created by "The Gluten-Free Girl".

Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger

6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup teff flour
1 tsp xantham gum
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed banana
1/4 cup full-fat yoghurt (or sour cream)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup crystallized ginger

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan. Melt the butter on low heat. Set it aside to cool.
Sift the four gluten-free flours into a large bowl. Stir in the xantham gum, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir them all up together.
In a large bowl, combine the mashed banana, eggs, yoghurt, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir until they are just combined. You don't want to over-cream the liquids.
Slowly, sift the dry ingredients into the wet batter, until everything is just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and the crystallized ginger. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Smooth the top.
Slide the loaf pan onto the middle rack in the oven. Bake about 45 to 50 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and a knife slides out of the bread clean.
Cool the bread for 10 minutes in the loaf pan, and then tip it out, slowly. Allow it to cool before you slice your first piece.

Farmgirl #6058
Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

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GinnyBelle
True Blue Farmgirl

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Hannah
West Lafayette IN
USA
506 Posts

Posted - Jan 11 2023 :  4:37:39 PM  Show Profile
Oh ginger! Ginger makes gingerbread and that makes it wonderful. Hehe! It is nearly as wonderful as nutmeg, my most favorite of all. Celebrating ginger won't be a struggle in the least. :)

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LauraBell
True Blue Farmgirl

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Laura
Corpus Christi TX
USA
284 Posts

Posted - Jan 11 2023 :  6:29:20 PM  Show Profile
How fun! I've never celebrated an herb before! I think a cup of ginger tea is in order :)

Laura

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4164 Posts

Posted - Jan 12 2023 :  03:17:53 AM  Show Profile
I have never done much with ginger. I have a little container of ground ginger, and an old piece in the freezer. Hopefully I try to use it a little more.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6863 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6863 Posts

Posted - Jan 12 2023 :  06:18:15 AM  Show Profile
The easiest way to peel fresh ginger is with a spoon. I have used this method many times and it really works.

For sore throats slice fresh ginger thin and cover with sugar of choice. Put sliced ginger in airtight jar and nibble on it during the day. It's not a true candied ginger but it's easy and feels good on a sore throat.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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tigger9777
Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader & Guru / FG Guide

152 Posts

Candy
Oakley CA
USA
152 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2023 :  08:42:46 AM  Show Profile
This will be fun to work with.
Looking forward to making Ginger snap cookies soon.
Candy #8283

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

1284 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
1284 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2023 :  12:21:04 PM  Show Profile
Oh, delightful! My two faves for using ginger are:
1. Just a tad in Lima Bean and ham soup gives an amazing lift to this hearty soup.
2. Lemon Ginger scones, yum . . .
jean

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. . . .Stephen Hawking

"When life gives you junk, make a junk journal."
. . . .jean pici
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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

528 Posts

Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
528 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2023 :  5:34:00 PM  Show Profile
Ginger! Excellent choice.
Love your quote about junk Jean :)

Andrea
Farmgirl# 8166
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

4353 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
4353 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2023 :  2:49:20 PM  Show Profile
GINGER!!! One of my top favorites and definitely in my greenhouse growing!! Awesome choice Sara!!
Cindy, ohhhhh, such a YUMMY recipe!! I can't wait to try it! Thank yiu for posting!!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2023 :  2:51:23 PM  Show Profile
Jean, I made dark chocolate scones Friday for the weekend but tonight ill make lemon ginger!! I hadn't thought about that! Scones are easy peezy and great for my on the go breakfasts! Plus Sara loves them too. Ill do this before I try the cake! Yum! Thanks!!

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FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
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Krissel
True Blue Farmgirl

251 Posts

Vicki
Sebring FLORIDA
USA
251 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2023 :  7:46:45 PM  Show Profile  Send Krissel a Yahoo! Message
Cindy from Bend Oregon, thank you so much for that recipe! I am a gluten free gal and I love ginger in stuff. I happen to have some crystallized ginger that I bought too much of and have been looking for ways to use it up! This one is right up my alley! Again thank you Cindy From Bend Oregon, Farmgirl #6058, Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

Fishgirl Farm
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

17128 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
17128 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  12:23:11 PM  Show Profile
I Luv Ginger !! Both my pup and the spice
Heeheehee!

I keep a bag of chocolate covered ginger in the pantry.. it’s great to have on hand when you have a bit of a queasy tummy.






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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

Edited by - katmom on Jan 17 2023 12:24:41 PM
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

2688 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
2688 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  12:50:29 PM  Show Profile
What a darling and kissable face!!

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3053 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  6:18:14 PM  Show Profile
I used to keep a box of ginger candy in my purse for car rides that didn't agree with me. Then the store quit selling it :( Where could I find some of that chocolate covered ginger, Grace? Sounds like a great thing to have!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


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AussieChick
Sharpshooter

349 Posts

Cindy
Bend Oregon
USA
349 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  7:00:06 PM  Show Profile
You're welcome, Vicki! If I find similar Gluten-Free recipes, I will post them to the forum for you. Enjoy!!

Farmgirl #6058
Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
17128 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  7:52:23 PM  Show Profile
Heather, I think I found this one at World Market in their Asian foods section... or possible at Yokes Market in their Organic, health food section..

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Jan 21 2023 :  12:27:34 PM  Show Profile
I love Ginger but have never tried to grow any. I don't even know if it would grow here in Florida where the summers are very hot and humid. Sometimes, I get some crystallized ginger just to enjoy a piece or put it in a cup of hot mint tea.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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AussieChick
Sharpshooter

349 Posts

Cindy
Bend Oregon
USA
349 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2023 :  09:07:54 AM  Show Profile
Here's another Ginger Recipe that I like to make:-

Turmeric Ginger Energy Balls

2/3 cup almonds
2/3 cup cashews
2/3 cup dried apricots
2/3 cup raisins
3 tablespoons flax
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture comes together. Roll into balls. I store mine in the freezer.

Farmgirl #6058
Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6863 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6863 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2023 :  09:15:18 AM  Show Profile
Cindy your energy balls sound tasty and easy too. Will have to make some.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1497 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1497 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2023 :  09:52:05 AM  Show Profile
Thanks, Cindy! Those sound yummy!! :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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VT Oma
True Blue Farmgirl

332 Posts

Sheila
Greensboro Vermont
USA
332 Posts

Posted - Feb 20 2023 :  1:00:47 PM  Show Profile
Karen, I too find that ginger can be hot/over powering. I do like small bits of crystalize ginger in cookies I may try it in some cake. I do like the spice in baked goods.

Cindy, I will have to make those Turmeric Ginger Energy Balls. This will be fun.

VT Oma
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VT Oma
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sheila
Greensboro Vermont
USA
332 Posts

Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  8:41:06 PM  Show Profile
I bought a box mix of Gluten free cinnamon coffee cake, can I add powder ginger to it or would it taste strange?

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