Put a Little Zing in Your Life With Ginger
Renowned as a medicinal herb, ginger also adds a delicious zest to recipes -- especially our tangy peach crisp!
Prized for its aromatic, culinary, and medicinal properties, the root of the
ginger plant has been used in cooking and as an herbal remedy since ancient
times. The Greeks wrapped it in bread as a digestive aid after a big feast.
Chinese sailors ate it to avoid seasickness.
Ginger’s claim to medicinal fame comes from its main active components
called gingerols, which are responsible for its distinctive flavor. This zesty
spice can be used to alleviate nausea, though studies are mixed on how
effective it is. The name for this nubby rhizome, which originated in Southeast
Asia, is derived from the Sanskrit word singabera, meaning "horn shaped."
Fresh ginger root is available year-round at your local market and also
comes powdered, crystallized, candied, and pickled. It’s a great way to spice
up a stir-fry and even contains a little vitamin C, magnesium, manganese,
potassium, and copper. But the next time you reach for ginger ale to settle
your stomach, check the label: Some varieties don’t contain ginger at all, just
Ginger Peach Crisp
Makes 8 servings
4 lbs peaches, peeled and sliced
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 cup whole oats
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
¼ tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
¼ cup chilled light butter, cut into small pieces
1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly spray a 9x9-inch glass baking dish with
2. Combine peaches with cornstarch, lemon juice, and fresh ginger. Toss to
3. Place fruit mixture in prepared baking dish and set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, ground ginger, and
salt. Add butter and work into mixture until crumbly.
5. Spoon topping over fruit mixture, distributing evenly and covering all
6. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let cool 10
minutes before serving. Serve warm crisp alone or with low-fat frozen yogurt or
Per serving: 280 calories, 5 g protein, 50 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat (5 g
saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 22 mg sodium, 32 g sugar.
Calories from fat: 14%.