I had a couple of ideas in my head and one of them was Capsicum. I checked the old challenges and found that we had done a pepper one already So that one was out. I didn't want to do another region (I was thinking of Carribean) and my other original idea was Coriander (the whole plant). Decided not to do that either. The March challenge is: THE GINGER FAMILY Here is some info that I stole from Gernot Katzer's spice pages. If you have never visited that site, please do it now. (http://gernot-katzers-spice-pages.com/engl/spice_bot.html#Zingiberaceae) Family Zingiberaceae The ginger family contains several important medical plants. 1500 species, typically tropical perennials, often with large rhizomes. Essential oils are common, consisting both of terpenoids and phenylpropanoids. Aframomum citratum (Mbongo) Aframomum melegueta (Grains of paradise) Alpinia galanga (Greater galanga) Amomum subulatum (Black Cardamom) Boesenbergia pandurata (Fingerroot) Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Curcuma zedoaria (Zedoary) Elettaria cardamomum (Green cardamom) Etlingera elatior (Torch ginger) Kaempferia galanga (Lesser galanga) Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Use fresh if you can get or powdered/ground if you want..... You can even continue cooking Chinese dishes So... Get Going And for whoever doesn't now them yet (and new members/new participants) The rules: - The challenge begins on the 1st of every month and the last entry must be made by the last day of the month. - You may post multiple entries. - All entries must be cooked during the month of the challenge. - If you use a documented recipe, please cite your source. - Entries should include the name of your dish and a picture of the final product. Sharing personal recipes and pictures of the process are not mandatory but extremely helpful. - The winner is chosen by the person who posted the challenge, and is announced after the last day of submissions. The decision is final and falls entirely at the discretion of the challenger. - Submitting an entry makes you eligible to win. If you do not wish to be considered for the win you may still participate in the challenge, but make your wishes known to the challenger. The winner’s bounty includes praise, virtual high-fives, and the responsibility of posting the next month’s challenge. That entails choosing a theme, posting a Challenge thread that includes the guidelines, checking in on the submissions regularly during the month, and promptly choosing a winner at the end of the challenge.