Did you know that ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world? It is commonly known for aiding in digestion and bringing relief to stomach ailments. A cure for motion sickness and nausea are two other conditions greatly improved by ingesting some ginger.
A few other important benefits are ginger can improve muscle soreness induced by exercise thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. These properties also help to improve osteoarthritis symptoms.
Ginger may also help in lowering cholesterol levels. And something really exciting, ginger extract has been looked at in treating cancer. Ginger has an anti-cancer property known as 6-gingerol which is found in raw ginger. More research is needed here, but it is just another reason to include ginger in your routine. In addition to that, studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain as well as inhibiting inflammatory responses in the brain. This is believed to be a result of the bioactive compounds and antioxidants found in ginger. The bottom line when it comes to ginger is gingerol. And apparently, organic varieties of ginger will give you a larger boost of gingerol, so go for that option!
Likewise, turmeric is another powerhouse spice. From anti-inflammatory properties, to digestive, health, boosting your immune system, treating brain diseases, and improving cognitive behaviors, this is truly a golden spice. If you want to dig in deeper about turmeric, read my blog post on the Health Benefits of Turmeric.
If you follow my blog, you have probably heard me once or twice shout out how much I love these spices. So rather than be repetitive, let me just tell you how much I love turning these valuable roots into some healthy snacking. If you have ever had a piece of candied ginger before, you already know that a little goes a long way. Turmeric is somewhat similar, but not quite as spicy. I had never seen candied turmeric before, but the idea came to me as I sought out to make some candied ginger. I wondered why the same could not be done with turmeric. Guess what…you can candy turmeric as well! They are both so delicious! And one of the best surprises was the yummy syrup that remains after preparing the ginger and turmeric. So whatever you do, jar up that syrup and pour it on everything!
As far as sweeteners go, you can use just about any type of sugar you want. You can slice the ginger and turmeric as thick or thin as you want as well. Keep in mind that the drying process will take longer for those larger chunks. The amount of sugar you use is really up to you and how sweet you want the syrup. So if you want to tone down the amount of sugar, that’s totally fine.
3/4 cup sliced ginger or turmeric, peeled
1 cup coconut sugar (or monkfruit, date sugar, cane sugar, maple syrup, etc.)
1 & 1/2 cups water
For a delicious twist, add a few cardamom pods and/or cinnamon sticks into the water to simmer with the ginger and turmeric
1) In a medium pot, bring water and sugar to a boil. Add ginger or turmeric and simmer for 20 minutes. I don’t recommend combining the two as they both have their own unique, delicious flavors.
2) Remove ginger or turmeric slices with a slotted spoon and reserve the ginger or turmeric syrup for later use.
3) Place the ginger/turmeric slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4) Preheat oven to 200°F. Place the slices in the oven until dry but still plump. This process could take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on how big you sliced your pieces. You can toss the slices in more sugar to coat if desired. I personally think they are tasty without additional sugar though. Store the slices in an airtight container. Store the syrup in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Use on pancakes, waffles, french toast, on fruit, oatmeal, ice cream, in baked goods, the list goes on! So yummy!