According to experts, turmeric may have more than 600 preventive and therapeutic uses and 175 different physiological results. Newest evidence points out that turmeric, a relative of ginger, is a promising healing agent against a lot of chronic illnesses without causing any side effects. It appears to be more effective and more potent than pharmaceutical drugs.
The best thing about this amazing plant is that it can be grown at home. For those who don’t know, turmeric doesn’t set seeds but it grows from root cuttings, similar to ginger. If you want to have your own turmeric, first you need to purchase one turmeric root. Then, you need to follow these steps:
Break a bigger rhizome into a smaller piece with two or three buds
Fill pots with organic soil which needs to be lightly moist, but well drained (the proper soil pH is from 4.5 to 7.5)
Place the piece two inches beneath the soil’s surface, with the buds going through up
Water the soil
Since turmeric needs water, you should water it daily, however, be careful not to overwater it. In 30 days or so, there will be small sprouts. If you want the turmeric to grow faster, you should maintain the soil barely dry between waterings. The soil should never be too dry. When you water the soil timely, you stimulate new growth.Turmeric has new shoots every spring.
When to harvest it
6 to 10 months need to pass until the edible rhizomes mature. When you notice that the leaves are wilting and have a brownish color, you can harvest it by gently pulling the complete plant together with the roots. Store the plant in a dark and cool area.
How to add it your diet
- Prepare turmeric tea
- Add it to scrambled egss and frittatas
- Mix it with roasted veggies or rice
- Add it to soups
- Add it to smoothies
- Mix it with green veggies