The Zedoary (Curcuma zedoaria) belongs to the Zingerberaceae (the Ginger family). It is an evergreen perennial herb that is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. This herb grows in tropical and subtropical wet forest regions, and can reach about 1 m in height. The leaves are oblong, basal with long petioles. The flowers are yellow with red and green bracts, and bloom in broad elliptic spikes. The rhizome is edible, and has a white interior, and a fragrance reminiscent of mango and a very bitter aftertaste. The plant is also used traditionally to treat inflammation, pain, and a variety of skin ailments including wounds, as well as menstrual irregularities and ulcers.