CURCUMA LONGA

CURCUMA LONGA

FAMILY :: ZINGIBERACEAE
TURMERIC: From India, this robust tropical herb prefers rich, moist soil and warmth, going dormant in the winter. Has large leaves and 7″ long spikes of yellow flowers. The root is the source of the condiment and a dye.

ELETTARIA CARDAMOMUM

ELETTARIA CARDAMOMUM

FAMILY :: ZINGIBERACEAE
CARDAMOM: A tropical forest plant to 5′ tall grown for its seed (used in flavoring and as a carminative). Likes very rich, moist soil and partial shade. Makes a nice foliage house plant with a very pleasant scent.

KAEMPFERIA GALANGA

KAEMPFERIA GALANGA

FAMILY :: ZINGIBERACEAE
LESSER GALANGALE, SAND GINGER: An uncommon spice known mainly to the Malayic peoples in Malaysia and Indonesia (especially in Jawa and Bali). The rhizome is used culinarily in Indonesia and medicinally in China.