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Alpinia nigra - Greater Galangal

This mid-sized ginger with ornamental dark green foliage is used throughout SE Asia in many ways: rhizomes are cooked as seasoning or as a medicine. Young shoots are used in many Asian dishes. The inner portion of the aerial shoots is cooked as a vegetable and used in curry for flavouring. It can be kept in a pot for years and will stay small.

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This mid-sized ginger with ornamental dark green foliage is used throughout SE Asia in many ways: rhizomes are cooked as seasoning or as a medicine. Young shoots are used in many Asian dishes. The inner portion of the aerial shoots is cooked as a vegetable and used in curry for flavouring. It can be kept in a pot for years and will stay small.

Alpinia nigra is called Galangal, False galangal, Greater galangal, Black-Fruited, or Kala, and it is used as vegetable and hot culinary spice. Different parts of the plant are used as traditional remedies to treat dyspepsia, gastric disease, and insect bites. Modern phytochemical studies are showing excellent analgesic and antibacterial properties.

We sell strong, field-grown, rhizomes with at least two active growing points.  Click THIS LINK and see how our Ginger and Heliconia rhizomes look like.

Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Asia
Presentation Bare root
Max. Size 100cm-120cm
Botanical family Zingiberaceae
Light Sun
Light Medium
Minimum winter temperature 0 ºC to 10 ºC
Flowering Season Warmer Months
Plant type Herbaceous
Color Red
Color White
Color Yellow
Care Pot
Shape Perennials
Shape Rhizomes