Belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, zedoary/Curcuma zedoaria is a spice that is native to India and Indonesia. I came across this plant only recently as I was introduced to it by at Haflong. It’s a spice that looks like ginger but smells exactly like raw mangoes. No wonder it’s locally called “Aam aada” which translates to “mango ginger”. It’s also referred to as ‘white turmeric’.
A spice that has a more subtle taste than ginger it is used for flavouring dishes. It’s not something I have tried out but recently I came across a recipe by the noted food critic Rahul Verma about using the spice in bottle gourd koftas. More details about zedoary can be found here.
Turmeric leaves look similar. The leaves are broader and there’s no other colour on the veins.
I haven’t seen the blooms of the zedoary (except on the net) but they don’t look much different from turmeric blooms. Although I had posted a picture of a turmeric bloom before I found another one in my archives so here it is.