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Has anyone heard of Kalgan Root?

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    Posted: 12 April 2018 at 11:36
From what I understand, it seems to be similar to ginseng, and is found all over the world, but mostly in Eurasia. There also seem to be some medicinal properties associated with it.

If anyone ahs further information, please do post about it; also, if anyone knows whether it is available, please let me know. I've got a recipe to try that requires it, and might have to look for a substitute.
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Ron, none of my references---culinary nor medicinal---refer to it. Not under that name.

If you list the ethnic source of the recipe, or just post the recipe itself, it might be easier for us to track it down.
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Whoops - my bad ~ It should have said "Kalgan Root." I edited the subject line.

It is from a Russian recipe that I got; here it is, as I received it:

Quote "Old White Russian Vodka"

40 grams of ginger
40 grams of kalgan root
40 g of sage
40 g of mint
40 g of anise

Pour 1 liter of alcohol and steep 18 days. Drain into a clean container until sludge and add 1.5 liters of cold water (preferably - a raw spring, but you can boiled tap water). If the water is warm or tepid immediately from the tap, you get turbid vodka, which can not be corrected by any tricks.


Also, there is the little bit of information I was able to find on it:

http://infoadvisor.net/galangal-root.html

http://lecheniebolezni.com/encreativework/kalhan-ukraynskyj-zhenshen

I am not interested in the medicinal properties; it was simply part of the recipe; I am thinking that one might be able to either double the ginger or perhaps use ginseng; also, after reading the above, a better option would probably be to procure some galangal. I am not sure if they are identical, but they must surely be close.
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