- This extremely versatile root is known for its popularity in Asian and Indian cooking. Young ginger is very tender and has a milder flavor than its mature counterpart, which has a tough skin that preserves a peppery, slightly sweet-hot flesh underneath. Ginger is a gnarled and knobby root that has a brown, dry skin and a pale yellow to ivory flesh.
Ginger root is delicious in many savory dishes such as soups, curries, and meats and is indispensable in the making of sweets such as gingerbread, gingersnaps, and many spice cookies. (from Melissa's)