Alpinia galanga - Galangal Plants
Galangal is a fantastic ingredient to Asian cooking. Thai dishes go exceptionally well with fresh galangal "root". Actually, with galangal, the rhizome is the portion eaten. The rhizome is the underground succulent root looking structure in which the real roots and the stems grow from underground.
Galangal plants are shipped by their rhizomes. Much like other plants such as ferns and bamboo, Alpinia species and their relatives (such as ginger) grow an underground rhizome system. In the case of Alpinia, this makes propagation incredibly easy. Rhizome clusters are shipped cleaned of soil and with the stems and above ground portions are cut off.