Fresh ginger has a powerfully pungent flavor. It tastes earthy with peppery heat, and citrusy in its sharpness. When added as a spice, ginger imparts a warm, spicy flavor that has slightly acidic sweetness.
Because ginger is considered a rhizome, or a rootlike stem portion of the plant, and not a fruit, it does not need any time to ripen, and is ready to use at the moment of harvest. On the outside, ginger has a light brown and paper-thin skin covering it’s knobby shape. Inside, the flesh is a sandy yellow color. Chunks of ginger on average are about six inches long, although they can be much smaller or larger.