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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: