Galangal Garlic Quart Plant
Quart plant from Greater galangal, Alpinia galanga, Thai ginger is edible ginger. The robust rhizome has a sharp, sweet taste and smells like a blend of black pepper and pine needles. The red fruit is used in traditional Chinese medicine and has a flavor similar to cardamom. It is touted as wonderful for indigestion. Easy to harvest with a knife just cutting a piece of the root and letting the plant to continue growing. Try to plant them as understory plants where they will be protected from full sun and frost. Drought and frost-sensitive, galangal does prefer tropical and sub-tropical conditions but will grow well in warm temperate areas as long as they are protected from frost. In cooler areas, you can always try growing them under a cloche. Galangal is relatively disease-free; the only problem that may occur is root rot if the ground is too wet, even though they do prefer moist soil.