Use of this website is subject to mandatory arbitration and other terms and conditions, select this link to read those agreements.

Young Ginger

  • This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for details. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

    Young Ginger

    Young ginger has a milder ginger flavor with a hint of sweet floral fragrance. The easiest way to differentiate young ginger is its light cream and almost translucent skin with a pink shoot. Unlike mature ginger that is pungent, fibrous, and spicy, young ginger is tender and juicy. The skin is so thin that it can be eaten or easily peeled with fingers or a spoon. Since the spice is subtle, you can thinly slice the ginger and enjoy raw in salads, desserts, drinks or use it for pickling.

    How to Choose & Buy Young Ginger

    Young ginger is only available in Spring from April to May in the US. With a shorter season, it is a lot pricier than mature ginger. Sometimes young ginger is labeled as spring ginger, baby ginger or pink ginger by different sellers. Choose the ones that smell fresh with a floral aroma.

    Young Ginger

    You can buy young ginger from Asian markets or Japanese grocery stores where they are in season. Since young ginger has become a trendy ingredient in the past few years, you may even find young ginger at your local farmer’s markets or from growers that specialize in fashionable crops.

    Young Ginger

    Young Ginger for Sushi Ginger

    To make sushi ginger (gari), only young ginger is used. It’s thinly sliced and then marinated in sugar and rice vinegar mixture. The sliced ginger will naturally become light pink color from the pink parts of the young ginger. Enjoy your homemade pickled ginger with sushi or as an accompaniment to your Japanese meal.

    Pickled Ginger (Sushi Ginger/Gari) | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    Sushi Ginger (Gari)

  • Just One Cookbook Essential Japanese Recipes

    Love Our Recipes?

    Gyoza served on a plate.
    Just One Cookbook logo
    Just One Cookbook logo

    free email series

    5 Secrets to Japanese Cooking

    Making flavorful Japanese food is

    EASIER than you think.

    You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails.

    For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

    No thanks, I am not interested