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What does ginger taste like?

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Ginger has a warm, spicy taste that is sometimes described as peppery. It is one of the few spices that is used in both sweet and savory dishes.

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Different cooking techniques can vary the taste of ginger dramatically. Fresh ginger has a pungent aroma and sharp, spicy flavor; it is used in soups, stir fries and teas. When used in roasted or slow cooked dishes, ginger has a more mellow taste and a warm, woody flavor. Ground and dried ginger is used to bake cookies, cakes and pumpkin pies. It provides a soft, spicy flavor and is often used in combination with other spices such as cinnamon, cloves, pepper and curry.

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