Turmeric is used as dye, spice and cosmetic (skin care). It is also known to be used for its anti inflammatory and other therapeutic properties. Its active ingredient iscurcumin and it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. It is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes and in most commercial curry powders.
In Vietnam, turmeric powder is used to color and enhance the flavors of many stir fried and soup dishes. Turmeric is considered highly auspicious in India and has been used extensively in wedding and religious ceremonies. Turmeric has played an important role in both Buddhist and Hindu spiritualism. The robes of the Buddhist monks were traditionally colored with a yellow dye made of turmeric. We sell small potted plants which produce tubers for fall harvesting. Save a tuber for making new plant next year and become independent of foreign imports.