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Zedoary
Zingiberaceae
Curcuma zedoaria


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Zingiberaceae Family

Curcuma Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Pinecone Ginger


Location

The plant is native to India and Indonesia.Distributed through cultivation to South and South-East Asia and

probably throughout Malaysia, China, and Taiwan from where it

easily escapes. Occasionally it is cultivated elsewhere (e.g. in

Madagascar).



Physical Description
The fragrant plant bears yellow flowers with red and green bracts and the underground stem section is large and tuberous with numerous branches. The leaf shoots of the zedoary are long and can reach 1 meter (3 feet) in height.


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General Information

It was introduced to Europe by Arabs around the sixth century, but its use as a spice in the West today is extremely rare, having been replaced by ginger

Medicinal Uses: Zedoary is also used some traditional in eastern medicines where it is reputed to be an aid to digestion, a relief for colic, and an agent for purifying the blood.

The bitter tincture of zedoary root is used to prevent disease recurrence and to treat ulcers. Aromatic, stimulant, useful in flatulent colic and debility of the digestive organs. It is used in anti-periodic pills and zedoary bitter tincture. It is active in dyspepsia, colic, vomiting, cough, and menstrual disorders. It is also used as a restorative. Zedoary is also rich in starch and is given to babies and invalids in India. It is combined with pepper, cinnamon and honey and used to treat colds.

Food Uses: The edible root of zedoary has a white interior and a fragrance reminiscent of mango; however, its flavor is more similar to ginger, except with a very bitter aftertaste. In Indonesia it is ground to a powder and added to curry pastes, whereas in India it tends to be used fresh or in pickling.

Other Notes: The essential oil produced from the dried roots of Curcuma zedoaria is used in perfumery and soap fabrication, as well as an ingredient in bitter tonics. It is used in Indian perfumes called ittars as well as in some drinks

A paste of a little zedoary and cream makes a good face mask and keeps the skin clear and shining.





Zedoary
Koehlers Medicinal-Plants 1887 [Image in Public Domain]

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gardengeek
gardengeek
June 22, 2010
Faciniating!

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