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Amada

The Ginger that smells like Raw Mango

Indian Mango ginger or Curcuma Amada is a stout underground rhizome growing wild in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Srilanka and Malaysia and it is also cultivated as a backyard crop in these countries. Interestingly, the word Amada is derived from the Bengali name of, ‘Mango’ which refers to the taste of the rhizomes. Similarly, the specific word Mangga is derived directly from the common name, ‘Manga’, a Tamil word from which the common mango name, originated. Both the species resemble the Turmeric plant. Mango ginger is a unique spice having morphological resemblance with ginger imparting a raw mango aroma.

A few more interesting names of Amada are; Ambe Halad in Marathi, Aam Haldi in Hindi and Curcuma Amada (Mango Ginger). The Flower of Amada, adds to the beauty of a garden and can be perfectly ornamental to your table top, with its gorgeous spires of pink, purple, or white flowers all summer long.

Botanical name: Curcuma Amada Roxb.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Ayurvedic name: Mangga

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