Finger Root Ginger (Krachai)
SPICE-FRGING-1-5Regular price $12.00
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Calling all Thai and Indonesian food lovers! If you struggle to find that magic ingredient, Krachai or Temu Kunci in the shops, you can now grow it yourself! Otherwise known as Fingerroot Ginger or Chinese Keys, this edible tropical has broad soft green leaves and pale lilac flowers that look gorgeous in a patio pot.
Urban Bounty Fingerroot Ginger plants are sold in1.5 litre pots. As this is a member of the Ginger family, we recommend that you grow this plant in a large pot. This limits spread and makes it easier to harvest.
What is Fingerroot Ginger (Krachai, Temu Kunci, Chinese Keys)?
Fingerroot Ginger is a perennial tropical spice that is part of the Ginger family. It is widely cultivated in Thailand, and native to Indonesia, Malaysia and China.
In the right conditions, this plant grows between 50 - 70 cm high. Its broad green leaves and pale lilac flowers look stunning in a pot or in a tropical garden setting. The edible part of the plant is the roots/rhizomes, which resemble a bunch of long, beige-coloured baby carrots.
Culinary Uses for Fingerroot Ginger (Krachai, Temu Kunci, Chinese Keys)
Fingerroot Ginger has a heady, aromatic and spicy flavour. The roots and heart of the stems are widely used in Thai and Javanese cuisine. They can be grated raw into salads or made into pickles to accompany rice dishes. The roots are also perfect for spicing up seafood soups and curries, and can also be used to make Indonesian Tempeh (fermented soya bean cake). In Thailand, the young leaves, shoots and rhizomes are finely sliced and steamed in banana leaves with coconut and spices, adding a flavour bomb to family mealtimes.
Growing Conditions Fingerroot Ginger (Krachai, Temu Kunci, Chinese Keys)?
Plant Fingerroot Ginger from late spring - late summer, once the soil has warmed up. We recommend that you also plant a few complementary tropical edibles like Chillies, Coriander and Lemon Grass nearby so you have all you favourites to hand for cooking.
Fingerroot Ginger thrives in warm but forest-like conditions - rich and moist but well drained soil, regular water and part shade. A true tropical, it also needs shelter from wind and frost. Harvest the rhizomes (roots) when the leaves of the plant have yellowed or died, before pruning back in winter.