General Description

Turmeric is a root that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. It is the main spice in curry. Turmeric root is also used to make medicines. Often used to color foods and cosmetics. Turmeric is in the ginger family.

Use

Hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, digestion problems, headaches, Crohn’s disease, Helicobacter pylori, arthritis and joint pain. Turmeric is anti inflammatory, pain reliever, improves liver function, reduces risk of cancer.

When can I eat it?

It takes turmeric 8-10 months to mature. It’s important to wait and harvest all your turmeric plants at the same time only once a year. Wait until you see your flowers fade and the leaves begin to yellow  before harvesting. Flowers and leaves are also edible.

Nutritional value

Contains curcumin, manganes, iron,  potassium, vit. C

Cooking

The uses of turmeric are endless. The flavor is fairly intense. Root of turmeric is used as a spice, it can be eaten fresh, dried and powdered. It can be used in curry, rice, pastas, fried vegetables, smoothies. Feel free to experiment with turmeric. Combining turmeric with black pepper and a fat can improve the absorption of curcumin by the body. Leaves you can eat blanched. Turmeric flower is eaten as vegetable, leaves and roots are used as flavor agents.

Side effects

Can upset the stomach when taken in large amount.

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