Racy to the Finish

From Ginger East to West: A Cook’s Tour, which my mother passed along to me from one of her journalist friends in the Bay Area, more ginger etymology:

The English called knobs of ginger “races,” from the Portugese-Spanish raices, meaning root. Food laced with ginger camed to be called racy as well as spicy, both of which suggest all of ginger’s qualities. In the United States, the predominant connotation of racy is “suggestive,” while in Britain it can easily mean lively, strong flavored, or piquant— another word that may have broader meaning due to an early link with ginger.

Ginger: it does a body good— in so many ways.

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