What is Galangal Powder
Galangal powder is dried, ground galangal root, the underground rhizome of a tropical shrub that belongs to the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family and is used in Cambodian, Indonesian, Laotian, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese cooking. It may also be employed in herbal formulations in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Often mistaken for ginger, though the two are quite different in both flavor and appearance.
There are two main species of Galangal: Greater Galangal, Alpinia galangal, which is indigenous to Indonesia and Lesser Galangal, Alpinia officinarum, which is native to China. These two types vary in size, shape, and taste, but both species are used to flavor culinary dishes. Greater Galangal is used in many dishes of southeast Asia and is most popular in Thai cuisine. Lessor Galangal is used in much the same way as ginger most often in Southeast Asian sambals and pungent curry pastes. We carry the Lessor Galangal.
Pungent, with a gingery, cardamom-like taste. Some described this as the more intense cousin of ginger.
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