Is Ginger Fruit or Vegetable?

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Ginger root is the rhizome, or fleshy stem, of a tropical plant. It’s a vegetable but is usually treated as an herb or spice for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Vegetable Vs. Fruit

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The fruit is the seed-bearing part of a mature flower. Other parts of a plant, including the roots, stems and leaves, are considered vegetables. That means that ginger, which comes from the stem of the plant rather than from its flowers, is a vegetable. The leaves and flower buds of ginger, available in some Asian markets, are also edible.

Choosing and Using Fresh Ginger

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For ginger that is less fibrous, choose roots that are slim and thin-skinned. Although it can be stored at cool room temperature, ginger keeps longer if you seal it in a plastic bag and refrigerate or freeze it. You can peel it with a vegetable peeler before grating, dicing or mincing it to add to soups, stir-fries, fruit salads and other dishes. Fresh, unpeeled ginger slices can be steeped in boiling water to make a tea.

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