Grow Your Own Turmeric from the Grocery Store: I can't wait to plant this.

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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: Sylvain Forest
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lourspolaire
May 4, 2012 7:28 AM CST
I travel 12 miles to find a green grocer with acceptable fruits & veggies. Regular grocery stores only offer a very limited selection of pitiful, dubious merchandise. That doesn't suit our needs. I just know that i saw some of those at my favorite green grocer the other day. I'll get myself some next time I am there. However, the article doesn't seem to indicate if that should grow in full sun, shade, part-shade. Any ideas? I have grown ginger in full shade, producing a delightful 5-foot tall plant with long leaves and a white plume at the top. It shared a 24-inch pot with large philodendrons.

I hate working with turmeric because of its staining power. I handle said powder like nuclear waste, wearing rubber gloves and protecting my counter with a paper towel before I even pull out the turmeric powder out of the spice rack. As the article says: we have been warned.

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Bubbles
May 4, 2012 8:11 AM CST
Treat it like any ginger and grow it where you have the most success in your area. It can also grow as a house plant, so that should give you an indication of the versatility of the plant!
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May 4, 2012 9:44 AM CST
Thank you for the great article, Sandi!! I looked into growing turmeric a couple of years ago but wasn't successful... I can't remember if I just couldn't find it or it was too pricey. I didn't realize it was in the ginger family but I DO know that it has many wonderful health benefits!!

And I'm in luck, we are going to the Whole Foods Market later this month... the closest one is about 125 miles away (wish it was 12 miles, like you Sylvian! Hilarious! ) and it will be my first time there. I hope to make the best of it!!

p.s. I have some regular ginger about to sprout!! re: where to plant, I've read it both ways, plant in full sun and plant in a shady area. Like you said, Sandi, I think it depends on location... for us in Texas the sun is hot, so partial shade it better.

Thanks again.
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HollyAnnS
May 4, 2012 9:53 AM CST
Just love this tip. Thumbs up We have a couple of international markets in our area that I have been interested in checking out now I have a good reason. What a fun new thing to try. Thanks so much for this Great Tip.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 4, 2012 10:57 AM CST
Christine, you'll love Whole Foods (or as the locals call it, "whole paycheck"). We are close to the one downtown, and love that you can park underground, take the elevator up, shop, check out, and drive up to street level to pick up your groceries at the door. Or you can take the escalator down to the parking area with your grocery cart. That I haven't tried yet! Too clutzy.

It is a little pricey on the Internet, I think. I plant my gingers in partial shade. A couple wind up in full sun late afternoon and they do fine, but I won't risk it with most of them.

Holly, I hope you're successful finding it. In an international market, you should ask the produce people what might grow from seeds also. I found many tropical plants, like variegated tapioca, that could be grown from the roots that some people use as a food source.
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KyWoods
May 4, 2012 4:58 PM CST
Interesting article--I didn't know turmeric came from a ginger root!

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