Zedoary – The rhizomes of several members of the Curcuma genus are used in Southeast Asia in a manner similar to ginger and galangal, two close relatives. Although it has been known to Europeans for at least 1,500 years, its use has been primarily as a medicinal herb in the West. Nowadays its culinary use is limited mainly to Southeast Asia, but it is becoming increasingly available in Asian markets around the world. Sometimes called “white turmeric,” the fresh rhizomes may be grated, chopped, or sliced and used like ginger. Dried zedoary is rarely found outside Southeast Asia.