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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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Dayjillymo
May 3, 2012 9:55 PM CST
Thanks for the information. I've got to go see if my grocery store carries ginger roots.

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Bubbles
May 4, 2012 6:06 AM CST
I'm sure your grocery store will have Zingiber officinale, the one commonly used in Oriental cooking. Curcuma longa is the name of the turmeric root. Both are used in cooking, but they are different roots.

You might read the article I wrote about shopping in the local international market. "Growing unusual fruits and vegetables from the grocery store." I found so many vegetables that could be grown from a root or seeds in the fruits and vegetable section.


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CarolineScott
Dec 4, 2014 8:29 AM CST
I liked this article and the information given.
I will be looking for the roots.
Thanks!
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Bubbles
Dec 4, 2014 8:47 AM CST
Thanks, Caroline! I found the largest tubers in fall here.
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piksihk
Dec 4, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Thanks, Sandi. I'm going to look for some in our Asian markets - even if I don't use turmeric - the bloom is pretty.
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Bubbles
Dec 4, 2014 11:03 AM CST
Just remember where you've planted it. The tops will die back when it's time to dig the tubers. I didn't remember exactly where I planted mine the first year. Couldn't be sure what I was digging up!
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Bubbles
Dec 5, 2014 10:52 AM CST
FYI! Make sure you wear gloves when you peel and slice. It really stains.

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