We grow some semi-tropical plants in our warm sheltered micro-climate around the house, like the bananas you have seen recently. Here are two more: Galangal, a relative of Ginger, the rhizome of which is used in SE Asian cooking, and Turmeric, an amazing yellow root used for cooking and for its powerful medicinal qualities. The Galangal has long stems and flowers like ginger, fragrant and delicate.
Turmeric is more mysterious, disappearing underground through winter after flowering, then shooting back with a tightly furled spear late in spring. We dig the roots in winter, taking what we need and leaving the others to shoot. Cooking with fresh tumeric is fun, everything becomes stained temporarily with its bright orangey-yellow hue. We use it often, as it is a very effective anti-inflammatory. To photograph the turmeric flowers I had to climb under the orange tree that grows beside it, where I could gain an ‘inside’ view, and show you a hint of its complex beauty.
These simple things, so wonderful!