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Galangal Alpina officinarum

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A classic tonic, Galangal is a Ginger-like plant which grows about a metre tall. Its reddish-brown rhizomes have typically been used as a cooking spice for their amazingly fruity warmth.

Galangal is native to south east China, but widely cultivated and used as a digestive across China, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. In India, dried Galangal is used as a spice in curries, and its steam-distilled oil and extracted oleoresins in perfumery.

We travelled the world to find galangal as an essential part of the Three Ginger trio (ginger and turmeric being the others).

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