First imported from the far east, ginger has now become a firm fixture in British cuisine. We use it in everything from cakes to stir fry's in both its ground form and fresh. But is fresh ginger better than powdered when it comes to a vitamin & mineral boost?

There is no doubt fresh ginger delivers more flavour and contains higher levels of gingerol, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compound that is great for your nutritional well-being.

Dried ginger, e.g. in form of powder, does loose some of these benefits, however, not as much as you might think. The percentage of gingerol reduces but other compounds increase like shogaols, a compound which is similar strucutre to gingerol but more potent. The only tip we would give you, is to make sure its organic and keep the powder in a sealed glass container in dark, cool, and dry places if you want to maintain it in its best form.

So, surprisingly, the difference isn't that pronounced, which leave you free to choose the most suitable options per the requirements of your dish. And if you fancy getting your hit in a sweet treat try candied, pickles or crystallized ginger!

Nutritional Information

Prep Time :5 minutes
Cooking Time :5 minutes
Difficulty :Simple
Serves :1
Calories :233 per serving
Nutrition :Dietary Fibre, Anti-Oxidant, Vegetarian, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Tip: You can add half an orange to this smoothie to increase the vitamin C content.


1 Sharon fruit
1 small carrot
1/2 green apple
10g ginger
10g chia seeds
1 tbsp. of honey


  1. Don't peel the sharon fruit, only cut it in cubes or, if particularly ripe, half it.
  2. Peel the small carrot and cut it in thick slices.
  3. Don't peel the apple, obly cut the middle out.
  4. Grate some ginger from a fresh route or help yourself with some ginger powder out.
  5. Blend all the ingredients with some honey and once finished, add the chia seeds.
  6. Wait for up to 15min and enjoy your super healthy ginger smoothie.