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Galangal ginger (Alpinia galanga)

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Galangal ginger (Alpinia galanga)

10.00

Galangal ginger is an attractive plant and easy to grow for your own kitchen garden. It grows from rhizomes (the part you eat) and can reach 2m high with red berries, but I’ve only ever seen it about 1.2m high and no berries. The stiff green stalks have leaves on either side and it can make an attractive plant.

Galangal ginger is very hardy, but because the leaves can easily be damaged, it is best in an area with no wind. Personally I find it best in part shade with quite a bit of damp, but it will survive almost anywhere.

I’d suggest keeping it potted as some people struggle to dig it up easily. It can become a bother if you don’t keep it under control, but personally I find it easy enough to remove with a sharp spade, and my nine year old can dig it up easily enough with her small spade. Because it’s such a shallow rooter, it will fit in an attractive pot where being rootbound is less of an issue. It will also survive happily inside if given enough light.

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Galangal ginger is an attractive plant and easy to grow for your own kitchen garden. It grows from rhizomes (the part you eat) and can reach 2m high with red berries, but I’ve only ever seen it about 1.2m high and no berries. The stiff green stalks have leaves on either side and it can make an attractive plant.

Galangal ginger is very hardy, but because the leaves can easily be damaged, it is best in an area with no wind. Personally I find it best in part shade with quite a bit of damp, but it will survive almost anywhere.

I’d suggest keeping it potted as some people struggle to dig it up easily. It can become a bother if you don’t keep it under control, but personally I find it easy enough to remove with a sharp spade, and my nine year old can dig it up easily enough with her small spade. Because it’s such a shallow rooter, it will fit in an attractive pot where being rootbound is less of an issue. It will also survive happily inside if given enough light.

A. galanga is one of four plants known as galangal ginger. This one is the one used most often in cookery. The robust rhizome has a sharp, sweet taste and smells like a blend of black pepper and pine needles. The red fruit is used in traditional Chinese medicine and has a flavor similar to cardamom.

Galangal ginger is used in Ayurvedic, Chinese, Tamil and African American medicine for a variety of ailments.

Because Galangal spreads by rhizome, we cannot provide galangal ginger in smaller, cheaper amounts as we try to with other plants. If you’d like to buy it to use in cooking immediately, please use the contact form and let us know how much you need for the dish. We can then send you that exact amount for comparatively the same price as you would pay for it as the whole plant- it’ll be substantially cheaper to ship to you.