Sitharathai

  • Scientific name: Alpinia officinarum
  • Place of origin: China.
  • Description: Herbaceous, perennial ginger plant growing several feet high, with long and thin leaves and reddish –white flowers and sweet, spicy and aromatic, branched and creeping rhizomes known as galangal or sitharathai. The rhizomes have a dried-up appearance.
  • Grow best: In well-drained soil in partial sun and sufficient watering.  Propagation by seeds and rhizome cuttings.
  • Use: Rhizomes used in curries, soups; and as a herbal remedy in treating colds and chest congestion.