Alpinia galanga is a plant in the ginger family, is an herb used in cooking, especially in Indonesian and Thai cuisines.
Thai Ginger grows to a height of about 5 feet, the leaves being long, rather narrow blades, and the flowers, of curious formation, growing in a simple, terminal spike, the petals white, with deep-red veining distinguishing the lip-petal. The ranched pieces of rhizome are from 3.5-7.
5 cm in length, and seldom more than 2 cm thick.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
||Thai Ginger, siamese ginger, Greater Galangal
|Maximum Reachable Height
|| Late Summer
||easy to grow
Planting and care
Dig a hole, then cover the rhizome with so soil. If you have excess galangal in the fridge, do not throw them away. You can grow them into exotic ginger plants with lovely foliage. If you like, you can harvest the rhizomes later for cooking.
Greater Galangal care
||Full Sun to Partial Shade
||Apply any organic fertilizer
Greater Galangal special feature
Galangal is used as a tincture, a decoction or in powder form and as a medicine.
Greater Galangal uses
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
- It is a bitter herb that is used to promote digestion and stimulate appetite and production of digestive fluids
- The rhizome is a common ingredient in Thai curries and soups, where it is used fresh in chunks or cut into thin slices, mashed and mixed into curry paste
- Indonesian rendang is usually spiced with galangal