Turmeric, the curry herb | Gardening On

turmeric plant

The turmeric it is in fashion and today it is one of the new gourmet ingredients. If you like cooking as much as plants, now is the time to grow this herb in your small garden to have a fresh product that you can turn to when you are looking for that special touch, that unique flavor that only aromatic herbs get.

Rice, fish and meat go very well with the powerful flavor of turmeric, which is spicy and fresh at the same time. This herb is one of the basic ingredients of curry, that is to say, of the mixture of condiments typical of Indian cuisine. They say that each family has its own curry and that is why there are so many versions so you can create your own if you have this herb in your home.

Flavored herb



Turmeric is also known as Indian saffron, bighorn saffron and turmeric root although its official name is Turmeric is long and it belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. It is a lively herb and with rhizomes that reach 1 meter in height and native to South Asia. Its leaves are wide and of a light green color and its flowers are of various colors depending on the variety of turmeric.

Although the main rhizome is strong and fleshy, the part of the plant that is used in the kitchen is underground because they are the underground rhizomes. This part of the plant has also been used for centuries for medicinal purposes.

Planting and harvesting

The cycle of the plant until the moment of harvest lasts for 10 months, after sowing. You can take the little fingers of an already adult plant to form a new plant. The planting time of turmeric It is from late winter to early spring.

For being one tropical or subtropical climate plantthe ideal is a deep and moist soil, loose, fertile and with good drainage. This plant does not withstand frost or soils that do not drain because although it needs moisture, it does not tolerate puddles.

The Turmeric harvesting takes place in autumn and once the leaves of the plant have fallen. You can help yourself with a tool to remove the rhizomes without damaging them. Once harvested, you have to boil them to remove the outer shell and then let them dry in the sun.

Rhizome Turmeric

turmeric rhizome

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