Yes. More and more I am seeing galangal and turmeric fresh in the stores, these are also roots in the ginger family. My guess is that whoever is using gingerroot is just trying to be specific in case they are speaking to an audience that is familiar with multiple forms of ginger.
I also think that usage may be British.
I would have to say similar but not the same. The root ha a different texture and is stronger flavor than the chopped ginger that is found in a jar.
Ginger is a root, so if you see it in any other form (chopped, paste, etc) it comes from the root, BUT, most likely has chemicals added to it to preserve it. It is best to always buy fresh ginger because it is so easy to slice, mush, chop or whatever and get the full taste and flavor.
Bigpan is right! We always called ginger a ginger..but here in USA many stores term it gingerroot...because it is a root...the name does not change the product...overall its the same stuff whether fresh or chopped alongwith chemicals..
If we are talking the difference between something that comes in a jar and something that you chop yourself, then I'd almost argue they are different beasts! Somehow so much gets lost in pre-processing, whether any preservatives are added or not, its just never the same as when you cut it fresh on your own board. I was assuming that the person asking the question noticed a difference between something called for in a recipe and what they could find at the market. Perhaps my assumption was wrong (in which case I totally agree with the above posts).
Ginger root is ginger! I'm a person who continues to say ginger root and beet root and always have to correct myself in the US esp when I ask for it in the shops. (I was raised in England but am of Indian descent and both cultures / countries say it with "root' at the end)!!!! Hope this helps. Now, I still have to learn how to say herbs without the "h" sound and with the "h" sound for a name like Herbert:).
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