So I LOVED meeting Sarah, the ex-wwoofer, in Hawaii.
She's a botanist for the Waimea Botanical Gardens on the North shore of O'ahu and an amazing person to boot. She took us on a personal tour through "her" gardens, and I discovered that ginger is not just for chinese cooking.
Turns out there is a whole genus of plants called Zingiber, which is not just a great word, but also makes an array of beautiful flowers. Orchid-like in appearance, many of them have strong, spicy-sweet scents as well.
The best smelling was the White Ginger. Imagine caramelized sugar with mango and ginger and that's a tiny percent of how good and complex this flower smells!
Torch Ginger: solitary. lovely. Dramatic.
But hands down the best is the beehive ginger.
See how I just brought this whole post back around to bees? Clever, no?