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Saturday, April 11, 2020

'HARVESTING' TURMERIC

These are great roots that we got from our raised bed several days ago.
We had to reload or pulled out these plants when they weren't ready to be harvested.... too young.


Yes, they pulled out when we reload the old raised bed.


We got two varieties of turmeric.
They are Kunyit or Common turmeric (Curcuma domestica) and Temu putih or White turmeric (Curcuma zedoria).
common Turmeric is mostly used on cooking and also medicinal purpose.
But 'Temu putih' or white turmeric is only used for medicinal purpose.
The plants were almost similar each other.
Both of them have same foliage and also their flowers. 
The differences are on the size of the leaves and also the root.


The red circled was white turmeric and the yellow circled is common turmeric.
Turmeric has yellow root/rhizome and also smaller foliage.


The white turmeric has bigger foliage, the root is grey-white color and also has balloon roots.



I think I have to replanting these plants soon.

7 comments:

  1. Dearest Endah,
    Hah, fond memories of our Dutch/Indonesian Conimex spices Koenjit. Have used it a lot and now we even take the Turmeric capsules for joint pain relief. It is so healthy and in India and Indonesia people have known all these things for ages!
    Interesting post about the differences! You no doubt can replant them without any problem.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thanks, Mariette. Turmeric is one of main spice in Indonesia. We use it for so many purposes. Homegrown spice is the best

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  2. I use lots of powdered turmeric but have never tried growing it. Maybe it wouldn’t thrive in our climate.

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    1. I think you can try to plant it, if you find the root in the groceries. Just replant the root on the shady area and keep moist.

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  3. That's interesting! Is the powdered turmeric, that we buy for cooking, made from the roots or another part of the plant?

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    1. Yes, Belinda. Powdered turmeric is made from turmeric roots (rhizome)

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