Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

Getto plants in full bloom as summer begins. (Photograph taken by Ayako Nakamoto)


April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Early summer has come, and Getto galingale is in full bloom. The flowers are lending a nostalgic aura to cultural heritage sites such as Benzaitendo by the Enkan pond at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha.

Getto is also known as Sannin in the Okinawan language and is a member of the Zingiberaceae family of plants. Rice cake steamed in its leaf is a traditional sweet called muchi, which is often eaten when people pray for health and good luck. With its antiseptic properties, the plant is becoming popular as a herb, as well as for its aromatic oil.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

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