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Does anyone know if ginger root is the same as ginger? I have a recipe with dried ginger but can only find dried ginger root. Hopefully someone knows the answer

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Ginger is a root. Ginger root is ginger.

"Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice."

If you write ginger too many times it doesn't look like a word anymore.

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haha.. thanks! I assumed they were the same thing, but wasn't was certain :) –  Shuberrie Jul 15 '14 at 5:38
However, fresh ginger root is quite different from the dried powdered form, and I wouldn't advise directly substituting the two. –  logophobe Jul 15 '14 at 13:14
@logophobe definitely yes, dried vs. fresh spices/herbs have different strengths in flavour. However, OP mentions both are dried, so I didn't bother to mention it. –  setek Jul 18 '14 at 0:38
Re: the last sentence,… –  March Ho Dec 28 '14 at 22:50
@MarchHo haha thanks, I quite like the sound of 'spelling dazzle'! –  setek Dec 29 '14 at 0:32

Ginger root is the root itself. Ginger is the spice derived from said root. Ginger, the spice, is just dried ginger root ground into a powder.

This, of course, is all just semantics. You'd not be wrong to call ginger root just "ginger".

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I think this is a good answer, and probably gets at the OP's concern: if a recipe calls for ginger root it needs the whole root, while ginger might be calling for the powdered form (though it also may not be). Though the original question said dried ginger root which is a bit odd (could mean the whole root dried I guess?) –  Joe M Dec 30 '14 at 18:35

Ginger is a root. So ginger root is the same.

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This is the same thing the other answer already said. It doesn't seem to add any value here. –  Jefromi Jul 16 '14 at 18:07

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