Reader submission by Jo Kuah ©
I just wanted to point out that the ginger flower is edible. I'm originally from Malaysia and we use the flower to flavour stocks and curries in our dishes.
Just cut away the hard petals and eat the bud itself. Make sure to blend it or chop really finely as the plant is very hard, and could be uncomfortable to swallow, but it lends this beautiful high note to your spicy/sour base dishes that is unattainable from any other ingredient.
Ginger...purely original flavours ^_^
If you're interested in hunting for some ginger flower recipes look for ASAM LAKSA or ASAM FISH.
The Malaysian word for Ginger Flower is BUNGA KANTAN.
By Jo Kuah ©