Many consider the turmeric as one of the healthiest and most beneficial spices on this planet of ours. The experts say that this spice provides us with more than 600 preventive and therapeutic health benefits, which is impressive.
- Turmeric has potent antibacterial and anti-septic characteristics, which means that this particular spice is very helpful when it comes to healing and cleaning wounds. But one of the most famous health benefits of turmeric is its strong anti-inflammatory properties. According to some medical experts this spice is more potent than ibuprofen. In this article you are able to learn how to grow your own unlimited supply of turmeric in your home. You don’t have to spend money on this amazing spice anymore, now you can use 100% natural homemade grown turmeric.
How To Grow Turmeric Indoors
As turmeric is grown from rhizomes-root cuttings, you will need a large rhizome and break it into small pieces with a couple of buds. Put a well drained, but still lightly moist, rich fertility soil in the pots and place the rhizomes 2 inches below its surface. The buds should be facing up.
Note: Turmeric will benefit from bi-monthly feedings of a good organic fertilizer or compost tea.
How To Water Turmeric
Turmeric likes water. Keep the soil moist, particularly in hot, dry climates. Try watering it once every 2 days or misting with a spray bottle. If you live in cooler climates, water less frequently. The key here is to keep the soil from ever getting soggy.
How To Harvest Turmeric
The edible rhizomes require 8-10 months before they are mature and ready for harvest. You can also eat the leaves and the stems as well, but most of the people are using only the roots from this spice. There are many herbs that are commonly harvested throughout the growing season, but this root is harvested all at once – when it is mature enough. So, once the rhizomes are large enough, you can get the rhizomes from the pot. It would be the best if you harvest them all at once. Get them all out and save several pieces for planting next season.
Note: you must change the soil, since all of the nutrients are depleted from the soil.
Storage and Use
Turmeric roots should be kept in a cool, dry place until use.
When you are ready to use them, follow these directions:
– Boil the roots for 45 minutes.
– Dry the turmeric for approximately one week.
– Then you should peel the turmeric roots (make sure you are wearing some rubber gloves because the root will dye your hands).
– Grind the turmeric roots and make a fine spice. This spice can be added in many meals and dishes.