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Grow Your Own Turmeric from the Grocery Store

By Bubbles
May 4, 2012

If you've ever eaten East Indian food, you've probably tasted turmeric, the bright yellow, pungent spice. It's usually found in powdered form, but it can also be eaten freshly sliced from the root. Would you believe that you can grow it yourself from tubers that are found in most international markets? If that doesn't catch your attention, you can also grow these same tubers/rhizomes into lovely blooming gingers for your summer garden before you harvest the roots in fall for turmeric.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
May 3, 2012 8:03 PM CST
I use turmeric quite a bit but so far only in powdered form. I will try this for sure! I wonder if it is too late to plant them now for harvesting this fall.
We had an Indian doctor when we lived in London and he was always singing the praises of turmeric, for anything from a sore throat to a leaky radiator! Confused
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 3, 2012 8:40 PM CST
Hetty, it's supposed to be planted in January, but I would think with your mild winters it would be fine to plant it now and just watch for it to turn brown. I can send you a few rhizomes if you can't find it there.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 4, 2012 4:46 AM CST
Thank you for an informative article.
It looks like a pretty house plant!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 4, 2012 5:46 AM CST
Thanks Caroline. Yes for you, it would have to be a house plant!
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OrlandoBill
May 11, 2014 12:16 AM CST
So, is the Ginger Root "Tumeric" or is it Tumeric Root? I'm confused.
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