Question: How does pickled ginger turn pink?

Only very young ginger will develop the slight pink tint naturally. Many brands of commercially produced gari are colored pink, artificially or naturally, often by using E124 or beet juice, either to intensify the existing pink color or because the ginger used was too mature to turn pink upon pickling.

How is pink ginger made?

To make sushi ginger, only young ginger is used. Its thinly sliced and then pickled in a sugar and rice vinegar mixture. The sliced ginger will naturally become light pink from the tips of the young ginger (see the photo). Many commercially produced and sold pickled ginger are artificially dyed pink.

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