Herb of the Month “Ginger”

Ginger is a tropical plant with aromatic flowers. It grows up to the height of 2-3 ft. tall and it requires moist, fertile soil and light shade. Today ginger is grown throughout the world. Ginger is an important ingredient in Chinese and Japanese cuisine and has become one of the main ingredients in making all–American pumpkin pies.

Ginger is not only a spice for culinary uses but it also aids in digestion of fatty foods and other medicinal uses, such as: treating motion sickness, relieving earaches, spinal, joint pains, congestion, gout, and arthritis.

Ginger is known as a warming herb that stimulates circulation and promotes sweating, reduces fevers, relieves colds and alleviates pain. Drinking a strong ginger tea may provide relief from varicose veins since ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and it stimulates blood flow.

Garlic Ginger Pork Roast Recipe

Boneless pork loin roast is studded with garlic and then marinated in a fresh garlic, onion, ginger and honey mixture. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour, 45 minutes. This recipe makes 4-6 servings.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 large cloves garlic, Divided use
  • 2½ to 3 pounds of boneless pork loin roast
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons of spicy hot mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-grated ginger
  • Kosher salt and fresh-ground to taste

Preparation: Cut 1 clove of the garlic lengthwise into thin slivers. Use a skewer to poke holes all around the garlic. Then set aside. Force the remaining clove of garlic through a garlic press into a large zip-lock bag. Add the onion, lime juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and ginger to the garlic. Squish the bag to combine the marinade ingredients.

Add the garlic-studded pork loin roast to the marinade in the bag. Squeeze out all the air and seal. Turn the bag over and over so the roast is surrounded by the marinade. Refrigerate for 8 hours or over night. Remove pork roast from the Refrigerator 1 hour before cooking and let it come to room temperature in the bag.

Preheat over to 350 F. Line a roasting pan with heavy foil. Place pork roast in the prepared pan. Top with the marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake uncovered, for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe provided by www.homecooking.about.com

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