Ginger root is the quintessence of Asian cuisine. It is pervasive as a flavoring, made into tea, and even used medicinally. Ginger does it all. Few items can truly be considered pantry necessities but ginger easily makes the cut.
Uses: Slice thin and add during cooking for flavor. Mince and use raw for sauces and marinades. Steep with honey and lemon for a tea with numerous health benefits.