Monday, May 19, 2014

Flower Photo: Shell Ginger Blooming in Okinawa

Shell Ginger Plants in bloom

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.

The little pumpkin-looking things will be posted as soon as I getterdun.

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