Fresh whole raw Organic Turmeric roots - from Kauaii Island of Hawaii
Weight: 1.0 lb
Turmeric, also called olena in Hawaiian, is handpicked on the beautiful island of Kauai.
Turmeric, is part of the ginger family, and like ginger, is a rhizomatous plant. The most useful portion of the plant is found underground and is harvested by hand on our farm. The scientific name for turmeric is Curcuma longa, and is in the same family, Zingiberaceae, as ginger. It is native to the tropical region of South Asia and is now found in similar tropical climates with consistently warm temperatures and high annual rainfall.
Turmeric has been cultivated as far back as 800 BC in Babylon. It has a distinct flavor and color, so it is used for a variety of purposes, most commonly as a spice, dye, and medicine. Turmeric can be used fresh, pickled, or dried and ground into a powder that is deep orange-yellow in color. This powder is commonly used as a spice and in curries in many South Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern recipes. It was known in medieval Europe as the Indian saffron because it was commonly used in place of the very expensive saffron spice.
Turmeric powder can also be used for dying cloths and garments, but is more commonly used as a food dye. Currently it is used as a dye in a variety of commercial products including canned beverages, baked goods, dairy products, cereals, sauces, salad dressings, sweets, butter and margarine, and mustard.
Turmeric has been recognized for centuries for its medicinal properties. It offers many anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties, and serves as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, aches, pains, and liver disorders. It also offers antimicrobial properties and is used topically to heal sores and skin conditions such as eczema, chicken pox, shingles, and scabies. Recently it has been studied to treat a variety of diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, allergies, and arthritis.