Fresh galangal should be clean with a rosy glow, and should snap easily when broken. Dried galangal slices and powder are available from Asian or spice shops. Good quality galangal powder should be a pale, creamy colour.
Store fresh rhizomes in the crisper section of the fridge. Dried galangal should be kept in airtight containers away from heat and light. Dried slices will last for up to 3 years, while the powder should be used within 18 months of purchase.
Tips & Tricks:
Add grated or finely chopped fresh root to Asian dishes, especially Thai food. Dried slices are useful in clear Asian soups, and the powder is a good substitute when fresh is unavailable.