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The Red Torch Ginger can be found in the rainforest of the bolaven plateau - Loas. This flower is also known as Ginger Flower. It's a beautiful big wax flower. The showy pink flowers of a tall perernial look almost too pretty to eat but their flavour is an essential ingredient in some Lao dishes. Torch gingers also known as Wax flowers or Porcelain flowers are most striking for their brilliantly hued sparkling inflorescence. As the name indicates, the plant has a stout, curious torch-like inflorescence with several flowers amidst spreading waxy bracts. A member of the ginger family can be found in the tropical rain forests of the South-East Asia or in tropical gardens. The plant grows to a height of two to six metres in full sun. The leaves are large, glossy green above and maroon beneath. The plant requires two years of growth in humid warm climate for its profuse flowering. Many excellent varieties are available to choose from, stunning colour ranges spanning creamy white, deep pink, vibrant scarlet and red. However, the most common and widely grown are the colors: Pink, Red and White
Photo of a wild Red Torch Ginger taken in the rainforest of the
bolaven plateau - Loas. Difficult to get on picture, beacuse it like
to hide in it's own leaves that can grow to 6 meter - 20 feet.
Laos is bordered by Myanmar Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It was once part of French Indochina which may explain some French influences in its food. The civil war in Vietnam spilled over to Laos at one time and from 1968 to 1975, the Royal Lao Army battled the North Vietnamese forces. The North Vietnamese Army was ultimately victorious, displacing King Savang Vatthana from the throne. In 1975, the Lao People's Democratic Republic was born. What makes the food interesting in Laos is that the country has a multitude of ethnic groups from the ethnic Lao thought to derive from China, to the hill people such as the Hmong, Yao, Tai dumm and Shan. There are minority groups from Vietnam, Tibet-Burma and China living in remote areas. The northeast region of Thailand, known as Issan/Isan, was once a part of the Lao kingdom. A majority of the people living there are actually ethnic Laotians. That's why you'll see some Lao dishes like Larb Salad, Gai Yang/Ping Gai and Papaya Salad on Thai menus. When you eat in Laos, you'll always be served a garnish of fried shallots, onions and garlic and chopped scallions. The aromatic ginger flowers, a.k.a torch ginger, usually added to salads or fish curries.
De Rode toortsbloem is een prachtige grote wasachtige bloem die in de heuvels van het Bolaven Plateau - Loas in het wild groeit. De geurige bloem is ook eetbaar en wordt meestal toegevoegd aan verschillende salades en vis curry's. Wel moelijk om op de foto te krijgen omdat ze zich meestal verstopt tussen de zes meters hoge bladeren .