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Galangal is a rhizome, which is a type of underground creeping stem of a plant that sends out shooters to create new plants, in the ginger family (turmeric and cardamom are also in this family). The biggest difference between galangal and ginger is their taste: galangal has a sharp citrusy, almost piney flavour, while ginger is fresh, pungently spicy, and barely sweet, so they cannot be used interchangeably.
Galangal’s fragrance is warm, sweet and spicy. Fresh, it has a hint of fruity-spicy aroma, like a fir needle, while the dried version has a sweeter smell, more like cinnamon.
Much like its cousins, ginger and turmeric, galangal is reputed to have many healing qualities, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, high in anti-oxidants, and supportive of brain function and digestive processes.
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