Turmeric

Turmeric 4 the soul is a flowering plant belonging to the family of ginger, the roots of which are used in cooking. This plant is native to Indian subcontinent and the tropical continents of South Asia.

Turmeric has been used in Asia for centuries and is a major part of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and Unani. It was first used as a dye, and then later for medicinal purposes.

The greatest diversity of turmeric species by number alone is in India, at around 40 to 45 species. Thailand has a comparable 30 to 40 species. Other countries in tropical Asia also have numerous wild species of turmeric.

Turmeric

Turmeric 4 the soul is a flowering plant belonging to the family of ginger, the roots of which are used in cooking. This plant is native to Indian subcontinent and the tropical continents of South Asia.

Turmeric has been used in Asia for centuries and is a major part of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and Unani. It was first used as a dye, and then later for medicinal purposes.

The greatest diversity of turmeric species by number alone is in India, at around 40 to 45 species. Thailand has a comparable 30 to 40 species. Other countries in tropical Asia also have numerous wild species of turmeric.

Benefits

Why use Turmeric?​

Turmeric contains an antioxidant named curcumin. Antioxidants help in making your body healthy and energetic and also work as an anti aging agent for your skin. As per ayurveda, turmeric is used to act as an antiviral and antibacterial. Turmeric tea’s strong anti-inflammatory properties can help ease inflammation and swelling in people with arthritis.
Recipe

How to use Turmeric?

Turmeric can be used as a coloring agent due to its distinct yellow color and flavor.
Hereby a sample healthy recipe:
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
Boil the milk for about 5 mins. Pour the boiling milk in a serving glass. Now add the turmeric powder to the boiling milk. Serve it as a warm drink. This is an immune booster and works as an antioxidant.
Origins

Where does Turmeric come from?

India is by far the largest producer and exporter of turmeric in the world. turmeric is also cultivated in China, Myanmar, Nigeria and Bangladesh. In India, turmeric is mainly produced in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Orissa, West Bengal.

Harvest

When is Turmeric grown?

Turmeric plant requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C (68 and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. It needs a well drained sandy soil rich in humus content to thrive as best as possible.

The areas where the rainfall is sufficiently early, crops can be planted during April-May with the receipt of pre-monsoon showers.

Irrigation: Depending on the soil types, irrigated crops require 15-20 irrigations in heavy soils and 35-40 in light soils. Moisture stress affects the growth and development of the plant stems (rhizome).

Harvesting: Depending upon the variety, the crop becomes ready for harvest in seven to nine months. The land is ploughed and the plant stems (rhizomes) are gathered by hand picking or the clumps are carefully lifted with a spade. Harvested stems are cleaned of mud and other extraneous matter adhering to them.

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