Ginger, garlic

Reunion Island is the perfect place for those who enjoy a cuisine of a thousand worldly flavors.
Gingembre île de La Réunion

Most of the spices that are now present on the island were introduced in the 18th century.


Originally from Asia, ginger is a spice whose usage dates back to ancient times: it was already used in Antiquity. This kind of spice is popular in Reunion Island. The fruit is an oval capsule, triangular, divided into three compartments containing blackish, irregular seeds with a bitter and aromatic taste.
The burning odor and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of shogaols, gingerols and zingerone.
Ginger rhizomes are used to extract oleoresin and an essential oil. Oleoresin contains chemical compounds responsible for the pungent flavor, such as gingerol. The composition of the essential oil greatly varies according to its geographical origin, but consists of fragrant parts such as zingiberene, curcumene, camphene, bisabolene, citral and linalool. Both the extracts are used for the flavoring of food, whereas only the essential oil is used in perfumery.


Garlic is a bulb called head, which itself consists of small bulbs that are referred to as cloves. It is used to spice up the taste of many recipes: salads, soups, pottages,…
Garlic is also an ingredient in certain condiments such as harissa. It is also used to season to taste all the tomato sauces that accompany for example pasta.
Garlic is used extensively in Creole cuisine, especially in the preparation of "caris". Note that the taste of tropical garlic is more pronounced.
The garlic festival takes place yearly in "Petite-Ile" in the month October.