Boesenbergia rotunda (Chinese Keys)

A tropical perennial plant with thick fleshy rootlets which are widely used in cooking in Thailand and Indonesia for their aromatic spicy flavour. Can be eaten raw in salads, added to soups and curries, and made into pickles.

Synonyms (AKA): Finger Root, Temu Kunci (Indo), Krachai (Thai)


Typical height: 60 to 90cm
Climate: Prefers tropical or subtropical climates, or warm protected positions in temperate climate.
Light conditions: Can be grown in full sun, but does better in semi shaded spots
Growth habit: Clumping
Growing conditions: Moist well drained soil
Flowers: Summer
Origin: Java, Sumatra


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Boesenbergia rotunda (Chinese Keys) - 180mm pot Boesenbergia rotunda (Chinese Keys) - 180mm pot


The foliage of this plant will grow to 60 to 90cm in height, and tend to be fairly light in colour. Small lilac coloured flowers are produced close to the stems at the main junction of the leaves. 

The roots are usually harvested at the end of the growing season, when the stems and leaves start yellowing and dying off. 

The rootlets are orange brown in colour, and look a bit like a bunch of baby carrots. These are the main parts of the plant that are used in curries, soups and pickles. 

The hearts of stems, young leaves and new shoots can also be eaten raw as a side dish with rice. The young leaves and shoots along with the rhizomes, are cut finely, mixed with coconut and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed.



Boesenbergia rotunda (Chinese Keys) - 180mm pot

Barcode 101669722004
Shipping Weight 2.0000kg

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