Galangal has a sharp, warm, spicy, sweet taste and smells like a blend of black pepper mixed with fir or pine needles. Its shape resembles ginger, but a bit larger, more woodier in texture, and spicier in heat. Galangal is used as a flavoring in soups, marinades and sauces.
Galangal contains dietary fiber, sodium, vitamin A, vitamin C and other nutrients. Learn about Galangal on WebMD.
Galangal is a perennial plant in the ginger family; it grows from rhizomes with clumps of stiff stalks which rise to abundant long leaves. Galangal rhizomes have a creamy-brown skin with pale yellow or white interior.
Galangal sometimes goes by the name, blue ginger.