The dried root of Curcuma longa plant of the ginger family, Turmeric is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Being perennial and Rhizomatous, it requires between 20-30 degrees Celsius and a good amount of annual rainfall to grow. The rhizomes are collected every year. They are either used as it is or boiled in water and dried. They are then powdered into an orange-yellow powder.
Native to Asia, Turmeric was initially used as a dye. However, since the discovery of its medicinal properties, it’s been used in Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese medicine, and other forms as well. India is known to have the largest number of species of turmeric with Thailand up close in the second position.
|Origin||Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia|
|Binomial name||Curcuma longa|
FEATURES & CHARACTERISTICS
|Taste and Smell||Bitter taste with mildly aromatic orange/ginger smell|
2.1 gm fiber
6.31 gm carbohydrates
USES & BENEFITS
Turmeric is a spice known to have multiple uses and health benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the common ones –
- Culinary – Turmeric in the powdered form is used as a spice in a number of various dishes across the planet.
- Dye – The golden yellow colour of turmeric is used as a dye.
- Indicator – It is used as a chemical indicator to test for acidity and alkalinity.
- Medicinal – As a plant with medicinal values, Curcuma has plenty of use in home remedies and ayurvedic treatment.
TURMERIC USES & BENEFITS :
- Anti-inflammatory medicine
- Pain reliever
- Cancer treatment