One of our newest RARE PLANTS and we are among a very few number of growers of this incredible herb! A tropical rhizomatous herbaceous perennial in the ginger family. The largest percentage of the world's commercial crop is grown in India.
A member of the Ginger family, Turmeric has been a vital part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, regarded as an excellent tonic and blood purifier. Commonly referred to as 'The Golden Healer' Curcumin is the compound in Turmeric responsible for its incredible medicinal effects: potent antioxident, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti- microbial, protective effect on the liver, as well as its positive effect on hardening of the arteries. Many of its traditional medicinal uses are supported by scientific research, and Turmeric is gaining in popularity in the West as an important medicinal herb.
Turmeric is a great culinary herb as well. Most noted for its thick, branched rhizome, it makes a pungent spice, adding that rich golden color to curries. AKA as 'Indian Saffron' or 'Poor Man's Saffron', this wonderful herb is crucial to East Indian, Thai and Persian cooking. The dried powder is derived from the rhizome and again, vital in curries. Use it fresh as you would use ginger: stir fried or pickled! The plant leaves are sometimes used for wrapping and cooking food, and the lovely flowers can be eaten.
An important source of dye, it yields a bright yellow color that is used to color food, textiles, paints as well as ornamenting the human body!
The plant has an attractive growth habit, forming a foliage clump that reminds us of Canna. It can be grown indoors but note that plants grown in containers may require frequent repotting to avoid the rhizomes getting too big. Remember, it is the rhizome or root that is harvested and not the leaves. Additionally, remember that the rhizome will stain finger and cloth!
Treat this plant as you would any tropical; it needs to be kept at no lower than 65 degrees. It prefers a sunny and warm location, and should be grown indoors in a sunny and warm spot during the winter months. It's very easy to grow indoors, but allow it to go dormant and let the soil dry out.
Only harvest after the rhizome has matured in the fall!