Ginger is an extremely versatile ingredient that can show up in just about any course of a meal, from salad to dessert to beverage. It is a pantry staple and cooking essential. Extremely aromatic; the dried cut (crushed) ginger pieces have a warm, pungent spicier flavor than fresh ginger. Adds great flavor to sauces, soups, stews, salad dressings, and marinades. Also makes a great cup of ginger tea.