The Story Behind this Almond Ginger Butter:
One of Mark’s earliest (and fondest) food memories is of his great-grandfather, Woodrow, opening and handing him an iced-cold glass bottle of Blenheim ginger ale during a break from trout fishing on the banks of an East Tennessee creek. That first sip – sharp and sweet with a strong peppery kick – was a flavor revelation! So he took another, and then another. From that moment on, he was hooked, and he sought out ginger in every form he could find it.
Indigenous to Southeast Asia, ginger’s history reaches back more than 5000 years when it was used as an herbal medicine in modern-day India and China. It eventually traveled along spice routes to Ancient Rome, where it became a pantry staple known for its ability to enhance almost any dish. It continued as an obscure article of trade in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Around the 12th Century, Arabian spice traders perfected a technique of drying and preserving ginger with coarse sugar, creating the form of crystallized ginger we know and love today. We love ginger because of its taste and texture, but it is also praised for its myriad medicinal properties. So don’t be shy with your spoon!
- A breakfast spread on warm waffles
- Unique way to wake up your PB&J
- A base for an Asian-inspired dressing
- Or a snack right out of the jar!