What’s your color? Or should I ask what’s your flavor?

Roses are red. Violets are blue

Gingers are ninjas. They all know kung fu

- Anonymous

Wouldn't you agree with me? Ginger has some serious kicks.

Let us talk about this magical root herb.

I have these vivid memories of my mother giving me a sliver of raw ginger to keep in my mouth as soon as I show any symptoms of having a cold or cough. 

I never understood why. I didn’t like the taste as much to begin with but eating ginger was better than drinking ginger, turmeric and black pepper shot which was always the alternate from my mother. 

That cold or cough would never touch and I would go about my business of creating havoc as usual. 

Thanks to these forced encounters the taste of ginger is not new to me but if you are having it for the first time or eleventh time you will feel that pungent smell and spicy after kick for a while. But do not take the kick personally. Ginger does that to everyone. That exact kick helps get rid of so many ailments like cold, cough, fever, morning sickness, headache, muscle pain, and indigestion. The list goes on and because of that ginger has earned a title of superfood.   

Ginger can be used fresh or dried, in the form of powder, juice and oil. Much of its taste and medicinal properties comes from natural oils in Ginger, the main one is Gingerole. It is a bioactive agent responsible for Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 

At Elements Truffles we use pure essential Ginger oil to create an amazing Ginger chocolate bar. Little goodness in each bar goes a very long way. A quick bite of this delicious melt in mouth 70% dark chocolate will tell you that. Heat of Black pepper is very subtle but definitely it enhances the flavor profile of the decadent chocolate.

As a grown up (I think, I qualify) the chocolate alone is a worthy indulgence. But then again like many people I have to work with a taste critic who is barely out of her diapers. And so it takes some serious effort (in simple words - trickery) in order to get some not-so-yummy superfoods in her diet. And on of such tricks ?  Ginger and Black pepper chocolate.

If chocolate alone is not the answer to your sweet tooth or just want to entice your food critic into trying some healthy dessert have a go at this recipe by our chef and co-founder Alak Vasa. I promise you will love it 😊.    

 

May 08, 2020 by Abhishek Ratna

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