Do I Really Have to Peel Ginger?

Does ginger have to be peeled? Not necessarily, but you could for aesthetic purposes if you wanted to. The edge of a spoon is perfect for peeling ginger.

The skin on young ginger is so delicate that it is unnecessary to peel it. The skin of older ginger, like the kind we usually see in grocery stores, can be papery and needs to be removed before consumption.

When ginger has been sitting around for a while and begins to dry up, it becomes difficult to peel with a spoon. A paring knife is required for this task.

The spoon peeling hack has been promoted for years. According to conventional belief, the edge of a spoon works better than a vegetable peeler for peeling ginger roots. Working carefully around all the ridges and knobs, rotate the ginger slowly as you remove the skin using the edge of the spoon. But I have a strong opinion: the spoon peeling trick is a complete hoax. It makes no sense to use the blunt point of a spoon to dig away at the thick, bark-like ginger skin. Simply said, it is a useless instrument.

Peeling Ginger With a Spoon:

Grab a chunk of ginger root with one hand and the bowl of a metal spoon with the other. (It’s also possible to peel simply a little piece of ginger by breaking off a lobe.)

To remove the skin off ginger, scrape the edge of a spoon across the root. Peel the ginger root clockwise, using only as much as you anticipate using. (Keeping the ginger in its peel will extend its shelf life.)

Avoid Peeling Ginger?

A better solution is to avoid peeling your ginger. We decided to speak with our nutritionist, Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, after seeing inquiries about whether or not you need to peel your ginger on threads all over the internet. Ginger peel can be consumed without any problems, according to Dana. “For the best ginger tea, I frequently slice off coins of unpeeled ginger and soak in hot water. Perhaps more fiber [than the remainder of the ginger root] is found in the peel.”

The peel, like any produce with edible skin, should be well washed before usage, according to Dana. Yes, the skin is rough and fibrous, so think carefully about how you intend to utilize the ginger that hasn’t been peeled. In most dishes, like this Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry, the ginger will be finely chopped or grated before cooking, so the skin won’t be seen. The majority of recipes instruct you to grate or slice the ginger first, even if you’re pouring it into a smoothie (see our Kiwi-Ginger Zinger Protein Smoothie and Green Smoothie). If your meal calls for larger slices of raw ginger (for example, if you’re creating candied ginger), you’ll generally want to peel it first.

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