Today’s Word of the Day gets its roots from eastern Asian cuisine. Actually, it IS a root. This aromatic herb is a citrusy, milder cousin of ginger and is used as a spice in ground, fresh or dried form. Like ginger, galangal is also used for medicinal as well as culinary purposes, alleviating nausea and serving as a natural antibacterial agent. With an intense flavor, this herb gives Thai, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian food its signature oh-so-delicious flavor. Next time you’re feeling adventurous, give galangal a try in your culinary endeavors. 

Use today’s Word of the Day: Thai Curry Thursday