Turmeric

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Grow your own turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family and is best known for the bright orange fleshed aromatic rhizomes that are used as a key spice in Indian curries.

Turmeric has also received a fair amount of publicity over recent times, with claims that it could reduce the risk of cancer, has anti inflammatory properties, benefit cardiovascular health, improve blood sugar levels and and may assist in reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric contains high levels of cucurmin, which is thought to be responsible for many of the potential health benefits.

Whether you’re interested in the health aspects of turmeric or just love a good curry, you can try growing some turmeric at home. Turmeric is a herbabceous perennial ‘herb’ that resembles ginger above ground, with long elongated leaves and beautiful white and pale pink flower spikes. The edible rhizomes develop under the soil.

Growing Tips:

Here’s how to grow turmeric in the garden:

  1. Choose a warm sheltered partly shaded location with organic rich, moist, free draining soil. Before planting enrich the soil first with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Plant the tumeric rhizomes around 40 cm apart and 5 cm deep. Water well and keep moist.

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