View Full Version : Eating Ginger Leaves

L M Ashton
08-30-2008, 06:22 AM
As a side note, we hired a house helper person a couple of weeks ago. We used her before a couple of years or so ago and just got back in touch with her. She's an interesting person (read: strange), but she works hard and gets the job done, so I don't care.

Two major bonuses.

One - it means that she does the cooking, including chopping up the chicken which is so problematic for me, so my shoulders/arms/rest of me have had a chance to recover a bit more, so I'm in less pain there.

Two - she brings edible vegetation sometimes. Yesterday, she brought some leaves from a Costus speciosus (http://www.floridata.com/ref/C/cost_spe.cfm) variant. That's basically a type of ginger plant. The variety she brought is not ornamental, but edible, and she brought a few stalks as well, so those are now planted. :)

These ginger leaves - called thebu here - have a faint gingery taste and were actually quite tasty. She made it into a sambol - mixed with freshly shredded coconut, lime juice, salt, and onion. Very nice.

Never thought I'd eat ginger leaves. http://www.nauvoo.com/ubb/forum/smile.gif

08-30-2008, 07:42 AM
that sounds amazing...

08-30-2008, 07:48 AM

*Wonders where she might find ginger leaves in Delaware...*

L M Ashton
08-30-2008, 02:48 PM
Yeah, pretty bizarre, eh?

After doing more research, it appears it might actually be Costus productus (http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1659685.htm). More here (http://www.gingersrus.com/cart/index.php?productID=3789) - and this linky is a site where you can buy the stuff, so that answers the "where to find it" question. ;) And more here (http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Costaceae/Costus_productus.html).

The leaves are pretty fibrous when raw, but it runs the length of the leaf, so when the house helper lady person cut them up, she cut them in thin strips running the width of the leaf, thus solving the fibrous problem.

Seriously, if you get the chance, you've got to give this a try. :)

08-30-2008, 08:45 PM
That sounds sooo good...and I just ate :)