Galangal is a rhizome and a member of the ginger family, but that's where the similarity ends. Galangal has a tangy, sharp flavor and a personality quite distinct from ginger. Denser, firmer and more knobby than common ginger, it is also rounder and marked with concentric rings every half inch apart and has no skin to be peeled. It is available as a whole root, or cut and powdered. Galangal is said to be used as an aphrodisiac when mixed with lime juice.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup, 85 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 60
  • Calories from fat: 5
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Total Carbs: 13g
    • Fiber: 2g
    • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 0%
  • Vitamin C: 8%
  • Calcium: 0%
  • Iron: 2%


Handling & Storage


Sporadically available fresh throughout the year

Also Known As

  • Galanga root
  • Galangal
  • Siamese ginger
  • Thai ginger
  • Laos root
  • Galingale
  • Java root
  • Java galangal
  • Kha
  • Khaa
  • Languas
  • Lengkuas

Store fresh galanga at 40 to 50 degrees for up to one week.

  • Alpinia galanga
  • Alpinia officinarum


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