Monday, May 19, 2014
Flower Photo: Shell Ginger Blooming in Okinawa
Scientific name: Alpina zerumbet
Japanese name: Getto (ゲットウ)
These plants are blossoming all over the island this month.
There are many traditional uses for the leaves of these plants, also known as Butterfly Ginger.
Most commonly, in Okinawa, the leaves serve as wrappers for the rice cakes, called mochi.
The fruits, which haven't been captured by my camera, yet, look like miniature pumpkins.
I better get out there and, find some for your viewing entertainment.
Meanwhile, you can learn more about these plants here.
The little pumpkin-looking things will be posted as soon as I getterdun.