Galangal Plants are part of the Ginger family Zingiberaceae, which also includes, amongst others, the Ginger plants Alpinia, Hedychium, Curcuma and Zingiber. They are grown for their culinary, decorative and medicinal uses. Galangal is a fantastic, useful plant. My Galangal plants grow happily in the garden with no maintenance whatsoever, they look great with their lush green foliage and yellow flowers, AND all I have to do is walk out of my kitchen and cut a piece of root; fresh Galangal for cooking!
Galangal grows from underground rhizomes (root stems). You can cut pieces of rhizomes as you need it in the kitchen, and the plant itself will happily keep growing.
The Rhizomes are very hard and they’re not easy to cut. I generally use a serrated knife to saw my way through the root, or sometimes secateurs if I can see a rhizome from above the soil and know where to snip. This is not good for your secateurs though!
Galangal has a stronger taste than normal, common Ginger.
We’d love to hear about your great Galangal recipes and list them here for our readers! Some great Galangal recipes can be found on the Taste Website http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=galangal&x=-661&y=-217
Galanga, Blue Ginger, Laos
Rhizome with new growth