Lesser Galangal Roots
Grown on the southeast coast of China, lesser galangal are small roots used in both medicine and spices. Possessing both tonic and stimulant properties, it’s been used for a variety of purposes ranging from tea additive all the way to becoming a fixture in the brewing process.
Cooking with Lesser Galangal
Lesser galangal has a different appearance from its counterpart, greater galangal. It typically has a red-brownish interior versus the pale yellow of the greater galangal.
It’s used as a flavoring in foods from Indonesia and Indochina, however, it’s not used in Chinese cooking—despite its native roots there.
Galangal might be best known for its place in dinner dishes, but it is also equally tasty in desserts.
- Thai Peanut Butter Cups – Offer your guests a twist on the classic peanut butter cup snack. The difference here is an infusion of coconut milk with lime zest, lemongrass, and Thai chilis, oh and of course a hint of galangal.
- Pear Crisps with Cocoa – If you wanted a lighter, healthier option, cocoa pear crisps certainly fit the bill. Just top off some firm pears with a little bit of sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon, and you will have a healthy yet satisfying treat to munch on.
- Cardamom Peach Pie Filling – This treat is often compared to an apple pie in terms of its crispiness and smooth taste. Galangal adds a warm touch of spice to the filling, making it ideal for a cool autumn day, or pretty much anytime during the holiday season.
What’s The History Behind Lesser Galangal?
Since the Middle Ages, lesser galangal has emerged as a tool to combat nausea, flatulence, dyspepsia, rheumatism, and many other conditions.
It’s generally been revered as a useful medical agent by Asian cultures dating back hundreds of years. In India, galangal is used to combat halitosis and body odor, while traditional Chinese Medicine has used it as a means of fighting abdominal pain. Other parts of Asia and Europe consider lesser galangal to be an aphrodisiac.
English occultist Aleister Crowley found galangal to be his favorite herb. It has also been referenced in the 1200 c.e. book by the abbess Hildegard von Bingen.
Amazing Benefits of Lesser Galangal
Consumption of galangal seems to have many ancillary health benefits. It is widely accepted that it can help ease stomach pains and indigestion, but it can also be used for skin care.
Galangal can be applied on the human skin in the form of juice, as it contains upwards of 40 antioxidants which can help protect one’s skin against aging. The juice can also heal burnt skin, and when applied 2 to 3 times each day it may even reduce scarring.
Believe it or not, galangal is also one of the best natural remedies for hair loss. By applying a small amount of juice each day, you will make your hair stronger, thicker, and even give it a nice aroma.
Where Does Burma Spice Get Theirs?
Southeast Asia remains the #1 region in the world for finding high-quality lesser galangal. The resource-rich area gives us plenty of options to guarantee that we will receive the best product for you.
Some of our growers in Indonesia are able to cultivate galangal of a formidable size. Even the lesser variety come delivered in a stronger condition than anywhere else on earth.