Turmeric is probably one of the healthiest spices in the world. The medical experts claim that this spice has more than 600 preventive and therapeutic health benefits. Turmeric has powerful antibacterial and anti-septic properties, which means that this spice is very useful for treating and cleaning wounds. But, we think that this spice is extremely popular cause of its anti-inflammatory properties. Some medical experts claim that this spice is even more powerful than ibuprofen. In this article we are going to show you how to grow unlimited supply of turmeric in your own home. So, if you think that this spice is expensive and you would like to grow your own, homemade, 100% natural turmeric – then you should read the article below.
How to Grow Turmeric Indoors?
This super healthy root is grown from rhizomes – root cuttings, because turmeric doesn’t propagate seeds. So, you just need to get one turmeric root, which you can buy in the closest supermarket or in your local health store. Just follow the simple instructions. First, you need to break a larger rhizome into a small rhizome piece, which has 2 or 3 buds. Then, you need to fill your pots with a rich organic soil, which is lightly moist but well drained. You need to place the rhizomes 2 inches below the surface of the soil – with the buds facing up and water the container when you are all done.
Well that’s it – and now we are going to show you how to water your own turmeric. But, first let me tell you that your turmeric will also benefit from bi-monthly feedings of a good organic fertilizer or compost tea.
How to water turmeric
First, you should know that this root loves water, so you should keep the soil moist – especially in hot, dry climates. You should water it once every two days. Or spray it with a spray bottle. But, if you live in cooler climates, then you should water it less. So, you should pay attention and keep the soil from ever getting soggy. That’s the main key in watering your turmeric. Now when you know how to plant it and how to water your turmeric – let me tell you how to harvest it.
How to harvest turmeric
First, you should know that it usually takes between 8 – 10 months for the edible rhizomes to mature. The leaves and the stems are edible too, but many people harvest turmeric only for its roots. Many different herbs are usually harvested throughout the growing season, but this root is harvested all at once – when it’s mature enough. So, when you notice that your rhizomes are big enough, just dig up all rhizomes from the pot. The rhizomes are best if they are harvested all at once. Just take them all out and you can save few pieces to plant for the next season.
Note: you need to change the soil, because the original plant probably depleted it of all its nutrients.
Storage and Use
You should keep your turmeric roots in cold and dry place. And, when you are ready to use your turmeric roots, then you should follow these simple instructions – first, you need to boil the roots for 45 minutes. Then, you should leave them in dry place and dry the roots for 1 week. After one week, you need to put on some rubber gloves (prevent drying your hands bright yellow) and peel the turmeric roots. After that, you need to grind the peeled roots into spice, which you can use it in many different meals and dishes.
Or just make a wonderful turmeric tea or turmeric latte. This super healthy root is loaded with healthy nutrients and it can provide many health benefits. So, now you know how to grow it in your own home. Now you can use 100% organic turmeric spice, which you can add it to your favorite meals or smoothies. Thanks for reading and share this article with your friends and family.