A tall ginger with large beautiful pink - purple flowers; the long
tubers sprouting in the same direction from the middle of the
Origin: Southern China and Southeast Asia.
Used plant part: Rhizome.
Sensoric quality: Strongly medical.
Use:This spice is an old Chinese medicine and has found limited use
as spice in some parts of South East Asia. Its center of popularity,
however, is Thailand, where the grated rhizome is added to vegetable
or fish curries; it appears frequently in Thai curry pastes . Slices
of the dried rhizome are used if no fresh rhizome is available.