Sand Ginger (Sha Jiang)

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Sand ginger, or sha jiang, is in the ginger family of plants and is one of four species of galangal (Kaempferia galangal). Like ginger, sand ginger is a rhizome, and this dried, sliced version has an intense peppery smell and taste with a camphorous overtone.  

Sand ginger's peppery bite complements the other well-known Chinese spices (star anise, cassia, smoked cao guo, etc.) and can be added to your spice mix for braises, hot pot and chili oil for another distinctive layer of flavor. If your recipe calls for sand ginger powder, simply grind the slices in a spice grinder for a fresh and fragrant powder superior to pre-ground.

Sand ginger is prized for both culinary and medicinal uses. Ours is sourced directly from the southern Guangdong city of Yangchun, which is an important production base of medical herbs for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Source: Grown in Yangchun, Guangdong Province
Size: 3.5 ounces (100 grams)