Greater Galangal (laos) Big Galangal, Galangal Major, Java Galangal, Kaempferia, Siamese Ginger
Native to Java, and a tropical herbaceous plant of the ginger family reaching to about 2m (6 1/2ft). The blade-like leaves are long and wide, 50 x 9cm (18 x 31/2in); the flowers are greenish white with a dark-red veined tip. The fruits are red berries. The rhizomes are Orange to brown skin with pale yellow or white interior.
Greater Galanga is widely used in Indonesia and Malaysia as a food flavoring and spice. The rhizomes are longer than lesser galangal. Available as slices, 3mm (1/8 in) thick or powder.
Bouquet: Gingery and camphorous
French: grand galanga, German: Galanga, Italian: galanga, Spanish: galanga, Arabic: khalanjan, Chinese: kaoliang-chiang, ko-liang-kiang, Indian: barakalinjan, kulanjan, Indonesian: laos, Lao: kha, Malay: languas, lenguas, Thai: kha