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Growing Turmeric Is Easier Than You Think

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  • Turmeric, a rhizome celebrated for its vibrant orange color, culinary appeal and healing power, is a tropical plant that, in spite of its need for heat and sunlight, can be grown just as easily indoors with a few helpful hints
  • Root cuttings have little “growing buds” that look like nodules or even “fingers” extending outward which, when planted, should always be facing upward in the soil
  • Fresh turmeric can be used in similar ways as ginger, as you can cut the peeled roots into coins or grate it into stir-fries, smoothies and roasted veggies; drying turmeric is another option
  • Comparable to drugs in effectiveness but without the harmful side effects, turmeric has been shown to effectively treat and prevent such problems as gum disease, joint pain, arthritis and cancer, to name a few

By Dr. Mercola

A bright orange spice that's been a favorite in Thai and East Indian cooking for thousands of years, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is aptly named for the Persian word "saffron," a hue much like a pumpkin or the flesh of a sweet potato, but the similarity ends there. The vibrant, yellow-orange color is synonymous with the robes worn by many Buddhist priests.


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