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Common Name: GALANGAL
Scientific Name: Alpinia galanga
Alternative Names: Greater Galangal, Siamese Ginger.

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Alpinia galanga


  • Perennial
  • Galangal is native to South-Eastern Asia.
  • It is a leafy perennial up to 3.5m with ginger-scented, pinkish rhizomes and lanceolate leaves, to 50cm long.
  • Pale green orchid-like flowers with a white-pink stripped lip, appear all year, followed by red, three-valved, spherical capsules.
  • Rarely flower in cultivation.
  • Dies back in cold areas an grow out again in spring.
  • Needs full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • Raw rhizomes are a popular ingredient in many Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai dishes for its ginger-like flavour.
  • Slices/large chunks of the tough rhizomes, vigorously bruised to release the flavours, are added to curry dishes and soups.
  • The young shoots and unopened flower buds are steamed and eaten as vegetables.

Parts Used

  • The rhizomes, youg shoots and unopened flower buds.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Galangal is an aromatic, bitter pungent herb that stimulates the digestive system.
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