If there were such a thing as a beauty contest for roots, you would probably find ginger at the very bottom, together with Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac. Furthermore, I’ve always thought that ginger tasted like soap, and I have a grim, grim childhood memory that includes diced ginger disguised as potatoes, so ginger and I had never really hit it off.
Then a couple of years ago Rikke introduced me to ginger tea, and it really made me change my mind about the funny root with the strange look, because ginger tea turned out to be really tasty and refreshing. I also feel very healthy and energized, sipping home-brewed ginger tea instead of the usual can of Coke (guilty as charged..).
The tea is really easy to make. You just take a piece of ginger and cut it into thin slices (the more slices, the more surface area is available for the flavor to dissipate), and then you boil the slices together with water. The boiling time depends on how strong you want your tea, and how much ginger you have added, but around 10 minutes will do When the tea is ready, pour it through a strainer and into a pitcher. I usually add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and some honey as it tastes really good along with ginger. If you can’t drink it all, you can keep the tea in the fridge for a couple of days, as it also tastes really good chilled.
Tip: A quicker way to make ginger tea is to just grate the ginger and mix it with boiling water right away.