A cuisine “healer spice” that cross cultures, the Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – it is a main ingredient in Indian curries, and gives the American mustard its yellow color.
It is considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties work well against joint pain and arthritis and its antiseptic and antibacterial goods also make it great for cleaning and treating wounds.
Professionals believe that turmeric may even have over 600 possible preventive and therapeutic uses and 175 separate beneficial physiological effects.
Also, probably due to its anti-inflammatory action, a body of proof is emerging signifying that this brightly colored relative of ginger is a promising disease-preventive agent as well. In its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, Turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects!
Turmeric can be easily grown indoors. Turmeric is grown from rhizomes (root cuttings) similar to ginger.
Turmeric does not set seeds.
One turmeric root which you can find at health stores (Whole Foods or Indian stores) is all you need to start your home-grown turmeric.
Just follow these four simple steps to grow turmeric indoors:
- Break a larger rhizome into a small rhizome piece that has two or three buds.
- Fill the pots with rich organic soil, which is lightly moist but well drained. The ideal soil pH should range from 4.5 to 7.5
- Place it about two inches below the surface of the soil, with the buds facing up.
- Water the container.
And that’s all there is to it!
Try watering it once every two days as Turmeric likes water. Keep the soil humid–but not sopping wet or it will rot. You should see small sprouts in about a month or so.
TIP FOR FASTER GROWING: You should keep the soil a little dry between each watering not including letting it become bone-dry at any time, in order to stimulate new root growth! As soon as conditions become too dry, plants naturally launch out roots to seek for water. If you pace watering to one time every two days, you can push new growth by stimulating this “plant sense”, whilst still maintaining your soil adequately moist.
Between 6 to 10 months is what Turmeric takes for the edible rhizomes to mature. It is time to harvest the plant when the leaves start to wilt and brown. To harvest it is relatively easy by just pulling up the entire plant together with the roots. Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and then return the soil. Store turmeric in a cool and dark place.
Turmeric re-shoots every spring because is a perennial herb plant. It will go on with producing roots.
How can you get more turmeric into your diet?
One way is by the use of turmeric tea. Extracts in tablet and capsule form are also available in health food stores. Look for supercritical extracts in dosages between 400 and 600 mg, and take them three times daily or as directed on the product.
Of course, one can simply indulge in additional curried dishes, both in restaurants and at home. It is one of the greatest moves in the direction of optimal health you can wish for by adding turmeric to your diet, no matter how you do it.