Known as the “super spice”, turmeric is believed to have over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications and uses. It has numerous antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and this make turmeric great for cleaning and treating almost all kinds of wounds. Actually, what makes turmeric so popular is its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been studied to rival ibuprofen!
If you find turmeric expensive, yet you want to consume it and enjoy in its benefits, you can grow it in your home. Keep reading to find out how.
How To Grow Turmeric Indoors
Growing turmeric, is very similar to ginger since it is grown from rhizomes (root cuttings). All you need is one turmeric root ( since turmeric doesn’t propagate seeds). You can find the root at your local health stores.
To grow turmeric indoors, just follow these simple steps:
- Break a larger rhizome into a small rhizome piece that has 2 or 3 buds.
- Fill your pots with rich organic soil, which is lightly moist but well drained.
- Place it about 2 inches below the surface of the soil, with the buds facing up.
- Water the container.
And there you have it!
Advice: Turmeric will benefit from bi-monthly feedings of a good organic fertilizer or a compost tea.
How To Water Turmeric
Turmeric needs water. You need to keep the soil moist, in dry and hot climate. Water once every two days or mist with a spray bottle. If you live in a colder climate, water less frequently. The key is to keep the soil from getting soggy!
How To Harvest Turmeric
It takes 8 to 10 months for the edible rhizomes to mature. The leaves and the stems are edible, but most people harvest turmeric for its roots only.
It is best if you harvest turmeric all at once when it is mature. Once the rhizomes are large enough, dig up all of them from the pot, and save a few pieces to plant for the next season. Change the soil, because the original plant depleted it of all its nutrients.
Storage and Use
Turmeric roots should be kept in a cool, dry place until they are ready to be used.
Once you are ready to use them, follow these instructions:
- Boil the roots for 45 minutes.
- Dry the turmeric for approximately one week.
- Wear gloves in order to prevent dying your hands bright yellow, peel the roots.
- Grind the peeled rhizomes into the amazing spice that is used in so many recipes.
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