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Turmeric

Jun 03, 2010

For the past three years I have been growing turmeric. Turmeric is a native of tropical forests so my climate with dry heat and cold winters is not ideal. The result is only a moderate harvest each year. The interest it adds to the garden makes it worthwhile to grow even if only to smell the pungent rhizomes when they are harvested.

Turmeric should be grown in fertile soil in the shade. It does survive in full sun and in poorer soils but the yield is less. It is propogated by planting out lateral rhizomes after any danger of frosts havce passed.

The harvested rhizomes can be used like ginger or they can be dried and ground for storage and use as ground turmeric. To dry and grind turmeric, ithe rhizomes are first boiled for a few hours and left to dry for two weeks. They are then peeled and ground and stored in an airtight container.

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Very interesting thanks for the info
So cool! I've never thought about growing tumeric. don't think it would do well here in Umbria, we usually have blasting hot summers, which makes for good tomatoes, so I can't really complain. :--)
Do I understand that you can harvest Turmeric in one year or is it the second fall that you harvest the rhizomes. My zone 7b/8a is get to 10to 20F or-12 to -7C, we have got a night or two of 10F/-12C, but mostly higher. Can I grow Turmeric here with some protection?
I just found some in the local grocery and wasn't sure they had it marked correctly- now I know why the tumeric didn't seem to have the same flavor- thanks for the great tip! Now I am hoping there is still a piece in my fridge or I can remember which grocery store I found it -LOL! Susan

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