Turmeric has 600 therapeutic and preventive health benefits at the minimum and it is one of the most beneficial spices in the world. It has potent anti-septic and antibacterial properties. However, turmeric is also famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. According to some experts it is even more effective that ibuprofen.
How to Grow Turmeric Inside?
Turmeric is grown from rhizomes, which are root cuttings, since it does not propagate seeds. For starters, you will need a turmeric root. Firstly, break a larger rhizome into a smaller one. It needs to have 2 or 3 buds. Afterwards, fill the pots with soil which is rich and organic, lightly moist yet well drained. Put the rhizomes 2 inches under the surface of the soil. The buds should be facing up and you need to water it after you have finished.
Make sure to feed the plant twice a month with compost tea or a solid organic fertilizer.
How to Water Turmeric?
Turmeric loves water, therefore the soil should be kept moist, particularly in dry and hot climates. It needs to be watered or sprayed every two days. However, if the climate is cooler, you need to make sure that the soil is never soggy, and water it less.
How to Harvest It?
Turmeric rhizomes need from 8 to 10 months before they become edible. Turmeric is harvested mainly for its root, but the stems and the leaves are edible as well. Turmeric needs to be harvested altogether once it is mature enough. Therefore, when the rhizomes are big enough, all you need to do is dig them all up. Save a couple of pieces in order to plant them next time.
Note: Change the soil since the first plant had already drained all of the nutrients from it.
How to Store and Use It?
The turmeric roots should be kept somewhere cold and dry. Once you are ready to use them, the first thing you need to do is to boil them for 45 minutes. Next, leave the roots in a dry place for an entire week. Make sure they are dried. One week later, put on rubber gloves (to prevent dying your hands) and peel the roots. Next, grind the roots that you have peeled. Use this spice with different dishes and meals.
You can prepare yourself a nice turmeric latte or turmeric tea as well. Turmeric has a number of healthy nutrients which provide a number of health benefits. We have explained you how to grow turmeric in the comfort of your home. Add this 100% organic spice to your favorite smoothies or meals.