Meanwhile, other unusual herbs I’m doing.
This is Galangal. It has an amazing fragrance, even the leaves are aromatic. The root is used similarly to ginger, but for my tastes, it is a little too pungent. So I may try preserving some when I dig it up, but I think I’m done with it. Glove is for scale. This was a very vigorous grower here. Just a lovely carefree plant.
This is Cardamom. I love the seeds crushed in my tea. Why am I growing it? Just 'cause. See if I can and what it’s like. Also vigorous w/ aromatic leaves. I’m pretty much done with it too, though
This is Turmeric (with Lemongrass, Holy Basil and Curry Leaf) in the background. Another 'just ‘cause’ plant, sorta. I’ve not cooked with fresh Turmeric and wanted to grow my own. Initial survey of the roots look really good. Kinda excited about this. I may grow the roots on another year depending on my cooking experiments, LOL.
Lemongrass came back from the roots over winter so it is kinda carefree, but I didn’t use it as much as I thought I would.
And my favorite worth-all-the-effort-to-keep-it-going herb is the Curry Leaf plant. It has the most amazing smokey flavor and aroma. Made delicious Green Tomato Curry using this and many curry recipes call for this but it isn’t available so much around here. It grew well this summer and even threw runners for me to make more plants.