Shell Ginger from OKINAWA

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)

Shell ginger, or Getto, is a member of the ginger family that is found mainly in Okinawa, Japan. It is native to the mountains and fields and can also be found in the gardens of local houses. The flowers are a pearl-like white color with a pink tip, and have an oriental and mystical mood. The aroma is fresh, cool and herbal. In Okinawa, "Kasamuchi" – rice cakes wrapped and steamed in shell ginger leaves – are offered to the alter as a seasonal event in December in the lunar calendar, to pray for the health of the family and the growth of the children. Decocted seeds are used as a herbal remedy for stomach disorders and have supported people's health since the ancient times.

Text in collaboration with: Higashi Village, Okinawa Prefecture

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