SPICE-TURM-1-5Regular price $18.00
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Asian cuisine lovers, it's time to experiment with turmeric! With its lush, fan-shaped leaves, this plant looks stunning in a tropical garden, and fresh turmeric roots will add that next layer of special to homemade curries. Fresh Turmeric supplies can be erratic in the shops, so it's worth trying to grow your own.
Urban Bounty Turmeric Plants are sold in 1.5 litre pots.
What is Turmeric
Turmeric is the edible tuber (root) from a tropical plant called Curcuma longa. Native to South Asia, this plant belongs to the Ginger family. The rough, knobbly tubers or rhizomes mature beneath the foliage in the ground. Above ground, Turmeric has lush green leaves that come alive in December and grow to about 1 metre high. They look absolutely amazing in a tropical garden, or a patio pot.
Culinary Uses for Turmeric
Fresh Turmeric has a warm, resinous flavour that beats the dried spice we commonly buy in the shops. It is often used to infuse foods with a rich golden colour. It has been used for thousands of years in India, China and Japan to bring vibrant colour and subtle flavour to cooking. The root is often added to curry pastes and powders, but can also be used to flavour and tint mustards, butters and cheese.
Harvest the tubers by digging down and snapping off what you need, but leaving the rest of the clump undisturbed so that it keeps multiplying.
Growing Conditions - Turmeric
Perennial Turmeric thrives in a warm spot with sun or dappled shade. Drainage is very important - Turmeric needs light, rich and crumbly soil to do well. It also needs shelter from wind and frost.
This is a summer plant that will spring up in December and die off in June. During its growing period, keep the soil around your Turmeric plants moist but not waterlogged, and give your plants regular doses of worm or bokashi tea.
Remember that this is a multiplying plant that will naturally spread out, so we recommend planting it in a contained space. Every three years, in October or November, dig the entire clump up to divide into several clumps. Replant divided clumps immediately, as they wither if dug up and kept for long periods.