Scientific: Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica [WikiPedia]
Appearance: A yellow coloured
powder ground from the root of the turmeric plant. The turmeric plant
grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family (it is a
common ingredient in curries). Curcumin is a key chemical in turmeric.
Parts Used: Roots.
Common Uses: Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow colour, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron”. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years.
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