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Old 08-01-2014, 07:01 AM   #1
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Galangal

I have become tired of using frozen galangal. After having success locating a kaffir lime tree, I started looking for fresh galangal, without any luck. Karen also started searching and found an article about it from a local fellow, including his number. She contacted him about buying some. He said he had some, but didn't sell it. However, he offered to give us some. So last Sunday I went to his home and he gave us a couple "chunks" from one of his plants.



I tried to give him some money for it, but he refused. Its rare to find folks like him here in SE Florida.

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Old 08-01-2014, 09:14 AM   #2
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wow, where do you live that you have those exotic things growing around? Love galangal.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
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That's great. Galangal is a staple in SE Asian cooking as ginger is in Chinese.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:03 AM   #4
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Charlie,

As Craig noted at bottom of his post, SE Florida. I would imagine you can grow the galangal inside in a big pot in a sunny spot during the cold months and have it outside during your warm months. We potted ours because any kind of ginger spreads and goes wild here. I had some ornamental gingers planted once that we ended up pulling out when we got rid of our water garden and extended our patio. I pulled sprouts for years from the root system that ginger had developed. These are very hardy plants. We'd be happy to send you some in a few months after ours has rooted and stabilized itself if you want to try growing some.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:50 AM   #5
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Ive seen galangal root in Whole foods occasionally.
Ive started ginger from what Ive gotten at the store, but never galangal, but i assume it would work
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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Ii have a quantity of galangal that I bought online for it's health benefits. I've made tea with it, but wasn't impressed with the flavor.

What dishes do you like it in?
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:51 PM   #7
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Z, it's a classic ingredient in Thai food.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:59 PM   #8
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Z, it's a classic ingredient in Thai food.
I don't think I've ever made a Thai recipe. Do you know of a suggestion that I could try?
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:46 PM   #9
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I don't think I've ever made a Thai recipe. Do you know of a suggestion that I could try?
This link includes several tutorials on Thai curries, including the ingredients and the various types of curries. It gives lots of background information and recipes.

Seriously Asian: Thai Curries, Part Two: Red and Green | Serious Eats : Recipes
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