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
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.
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".
Yes, Ginger Root (fresh) and Ginger (dried/ground) are the same product, but different form and intensity.
Fresh Ginger Root is plucked from the dirt in the ground and is found in the Produce section of the grocery store. It is a knobby looking thing.
Ginger is the dried/ground form of fresh ginger root, just called ginger or ground ginger, and can be found bottled in the spice aisle of the grocery store. (I buy it online cheaper at Thrive Market and it comes in plastic bags, which I transfer to my ginger spice bottle.)
The ratio for substituting ground ginger for grated ginger root (according to Food.com) is 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger for 1 Tablespoon grated ginger root*.
*Please note that FRESH ginger root can have different intensities usually based on just how fresh it is. (And it doesn't have a long shelf life, so you can learn to freeze it.) A fresher ginger root has a shiny coat and will be a lot juicier and more potent than a not-so-fresh ginger root that has a duller coat and is a lot drier.
Ginger is a root. So ginger root is the same.