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    Hi! Here are some pictures of the tropical plants I have in my garden. I always have fresh cut flowers in my house! And the best part is that I get them for free. All of these are Heliconias, and thanks to wikipedia I know that this is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. I have others to show, but could not get more pics on this message. Enjoy!
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    Here are more pictures. These two are ginger varieties.
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    Very pretty Heliconias. They are so eassy to grow in our tropical climate and their flowers always light up the garden and the make great cut flowers. The second picture however, is not a Heliconia but the Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior , a very attractive member of the ginger family - they come in red, pink and and even an alba form. Torch gingers are widely used in our curries and is a very important ingredient in our asam laksa, voted by CNN as one of the top 10 yummiest food in the world.

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    Mr.yew...my mouth is watering by reading about asam laksa noodle.i want to try it so much,remind me between "tom-yum" and curry with noodle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_andreev View Post
    Mr.yew...my mouth is watering by reading about asam laksa noodle.i want to try it so much,remind me between "tom-yum" and curry with noodle.
    Actually it is almost like the Thai Khanom Yeen Nam Ya without the coconut milk. I like both the two laksas , My wife always cook laksa at home because the whole family likes it.When we were in Hong Kong last year my wife cooked both the Khanom Yeen Nam Ya and asam laksa and they were both quite a hit with our Hong Kong friends. Of course we made them less hot and spicy.

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    There are no blooms quite like what you see in Heliconia's. Fabulous colors and forms. AL

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    Very exquisite ! I love torch gingers and have small plants of a few varieties. I hear they grow quite huge before they flower. Very nice garden you have!

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    Thanks for the correction Yew. I didn't know. Yes they can be very big plants, and also very big flowers. The torch has a 6 inch diameter. The flower in the first picture is a foot and a half long!

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    Hi Carmen, I used to grow a lot of Heliconias and ginger but the heliconias tend to be very rampant in growth and it takes a lot of work to keep them in manageable clumps. The second group of ginger are Alpinia purpurata varieties; the second I think is the var 'Double Pink'. With all these your garden must be riot of colour!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Very pretty Heliconias. They are so eassy to grow in our tropical climate and their flowers always light up the garden and the make great cut flowers. The second picture however, is not a Heliconia but the Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior , a very attractive member of the ginger family - they come in red, pink and and even an alba form. Torch gingers are widely used in our curries and is a very important ingredient in our asam laksa, voted by CNN as one of the top 10 yummiest food in the world.
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    I find this very very interesting. We have the Torch Gingers growing here but I have never heard of them being edible. What part of the plant is used in curries?. I would love to know about it.

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