Galangal , also known as the blue ginger, is a rhizome with culinary and medicinal uses, best known in the west today for its appearance in Southeast Asia cuisine but also common in recipes from medieval Europe.
Though it resembles ginger in appearance, it tastes little like ginger. In its raw form, galangal; has a soapy, earthy aroma and a pine-like flavor with a faint hint of citrus. It is also available as a powder from vendors of Oriental spices and is also available whole, cut or powdered from vendors of herbs.
Also known as galingale, galanggal, or laos (its Indonesian name). A mixture of galangal and lime juice is used as a tonic in parts of Southeast Asia. It is said to have the effect of an aphrodisiac, and act as a stimulant.
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