Galangal (Whole)

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People often compare galangal to ginger, but that really isn’t a proper comparison. For the Jane Austen nerds, ginger is to Elizabeth Bennet as galangal is to Mr. Darcy. You’ll find galangal to be stately, sharp in spice, a bit piney, but with certain sweetness once you get past the hard exterior.

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Also known as Thai ginger, this unique rhizome looks similar to ginger, but has a shinier skin and stonier look.

While it’s thought that you can substitute ginger for galangal that isn’t very true. Many Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotian, and Indonesian recipes call for both as they have different flavors. Galangal has a ginger-ness to it, but it also had an intense floral sweetness, piney flavors, and a more penetrating spice with a hint of cinnamon.

Whole galangal is fibrous and very hard, and is more so when dried. It can be added to soups or stews and fished out later. To use it otherwise you will need a strong spice grinder.

Additional Info

Dietary NotesN/A
Country of OriginIndia
QualitiesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Shelf Life4 Years
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
CuisineAfrican, Asian, Moroccan, North African, Southeast Asia, Thai
Product StyleWhole
Taste & AromaBitter or Astringent, Citrus
Recommended ApplicationsThe Whole Galangal is commonly used with other spices such as Thai Chiles, Coriander, and Cumin to season food to include, meat, fish, sauces, soup, legumes, or dry seasoning blends.
Basic PreparationReady to use as is, no preparation is necessary. A notable tip, is to remove the Whole Galangal prior to serving as they are unpleasant to eat.
IngredientsDried galangal.


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