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Curcuma longa

Turmeric is a fantastic culinary herb with a warm, savory taste. Beyond its usefulness in the kitchen, it contains curcuminoids and curcurmin, which offer excellent anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric provides relief from a number of painful conditions including arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.
Parts Used: Root
Precautions: Do not take turmeric in large quantities if you have hypoglycemia. Be careful; the bright yellow color can stain clothing and skin.
Identifying/Growing: Turmeric is a tropical plant with large oval-shaped leaves and bright pink flowers. It is native to India but is widely cultivated throughout Bengal, China, and Java. The rhizomes or roots are elongated, and have a bright yellow, orange, or red color. Because turmeric requires lots of rainfall and warm temperatures to thrive, it is only cultivated in tropical climates. If you can obtain a fresh root, you can try to grow a plant indoors; however, you must keep it well watered and ensure that the temperature never falls below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes approximately 10 months to a year for a new root crop to emerge.

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