Kaemperia galanga

LESSER GALANGAL - KENCUR (Java)- Often confused with B. pandurata which is also known as Lesser Galanga. This species grows just a few centimetres high the small broad leaves spread flat against the ground. The rhizomes and tuberous roots are used to flavour many foods. They are an essential ingredient for an authentic Indonesian peanut sauce. The young leaves are also a popular vegetable raw or cooked. Used medicinally in Asia for a wide range of ailments including menstrual cramps and headaches, also know to have mildly hallucinogenic effects with no known negative side effects.  Shoots, flowers and young rhizomes are eaten raw or cooked.