If your tastebuds have ever fallen in love with the unique flavors of Indian and Asian cooking, then you likely have turmeric root to thank.
Tips for Growing Turmeric at Home
Turmeric is not as popular as other spices like basil, chili powder, and cinnamon, but it is an essential spice for Indian cuisine, and both the root and leaves are edible. It is also a valuable root for medicinal purposes to lower cholesterol, inflammation, and depression and an ingredient in ancient dye. While purchasing turmeric at your local grocery store is common practice, growing turmeric at home is an easy way to have organic spice in your kitchen, whether you use it for cooking or health reasons.
Growing turmeric takes a bit of time, but it is well worth your effort and patience, and you don’t need a large backyard garden to grow it. We show you how to propagate turmeric from tubers and grow your own turmeric rhizomes in a garden bed or indoors in a container. Learn how to care for your plants as they grow, how to manage them and prevent pests and disease, and when your turmeric is ready to harvest. Discover how to store the roots for long-term storage and how to preserve part of the turmeric plant for next year’s garden.
You likely view turmeric powder as an exotic ingredient at the grocery store and have no idea what type of plant it comes from, let