BOTANICAL NAME: Zingiber cassumunar Roxburgh
SCENT: Plai essential oil has a cool, green peppery aroma with a tiny bite to it
STRENGTH OF AROMA: Medium to Strong
PLANT PART USED: Rhizome
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam Distillation.
COLOUR: Plai essential oil has a light to medium yellow hue
Plai root (Zingiber cassumunar Roxburgh and actually a rhizome to be technically correct) is a perennial, tuberous, with long, white, fleshy fibres, and jointed like ginger, but much larger.It is closely related to Galangal
When fresh, it is a deep yellow; possessing a strong, not very agreeable, camphoraceous smell, and warm, spicy, bitterish taste,” (Roxburgh.) Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Comb (to whom specimens of it were given) thought that it was the true cassumunar of the shops. The dried root is often confused with its cousin, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) as it looks so similar and it is sometimes known as Cassumunar root and in other SE Asian countries as Ponlei. It is also known by a variety of other names around the world such as Bengal ginger, Bengal root, and Thai ginger
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