cardamom ginger

Peter Franks
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:07:36 PST
Hi all

Looks like I need to do more research before I tell my friend the chef
whether or not to apply the mushroom principle - ie if you don't know, don't
eat it!

Thanks again Tim, Terry and C. J.

Kind Regards, Peter

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Terry Frewin
Sent: Friday, 31 January 2014 9:38 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] cardamom ginger

Hi Peter, yes mine sounds as you describe, around a metre, light-ish
thin-ish green leaves and I've only used the leaves as flavouring which is
very pleasant.  Jerry Coleby- Williams has some info on both true and false
on his site

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 7:23 PM, Tim Chapman

> The problem with the misidentifications is that many Alpinia and related
> genera have spp with fragrant leaves.  It isn't a means of identifying any
> particular species.   There are different commercial varieties but the
> I've seen in private collections usually top out at 3-4 ft.  The
> inflorescences do appear on basal shoots similar to most Zingiber spp as
> was mentioned (though some Zingiber bloom terminally and a few basally and
> terminally).
> To non collectors the species do seem similar so the confusion is
> understandable, but worsened by sellers knowingly selling mislabeled
> to those in search of the spice plant.
> Tim Chapman
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