Characteristics of turmeric root
Turmeric is a deep yellow tropical root with a bitter and slightly spicy taste.
The flesh of the turmeric root, which is the part that is used, grated, as a spice, is orange in colour, while the skin is characteristically rough and of different shades of brown.
Turmeric is used in kitchens all over the world.from Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean. In Ayurvedic medicine, this plant is highly valued. It is used to treat ailments such as digestive problems, hypertension and to improve memory.
In addition to its culinary uses, turmeric is also used to dye fabrics, mainly silk, to give them a beautiful yellowish hue.
The turmeric season starts in mid-March and lasts until the end of June.
In short, turmeric is an ancient spice that is still widely used due to its versatility and benefits.
How you will receive organic turmeric root from Huerta de Pancha
Our turmeric is harvested at its optimum. It comes to you ready to eat. We send pure turmeric so you can grate it directly from the root. It couldn’t be fresher, with all its properties intact. For packaging, we use special turmeric baskets made of 100% recyclable cardboard. This prevents them from coming into contact with other fruit and minimises damage during transport. We always try to get our turmeric to you as fresh as possible and with all its authentic flavour.
Turmeric cultivation in Malaga
Turmeric is a plant that requires specific climatic conditions. so that the root is in the best possible condition. In La Axarquía we have the tropical climate necessary for this plant to develop, so we work with it in the following way:
Watering of turmeric is carried out sparinglyavoiding waterlogging. This will keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
Turmeric needs regular fertilisation during its growth.. At Huerta de Pancha we use an organic fertiliser and compost to ensure a healthy continuous supply of nutrients.
Turmeric is a plant that does not require pruning; instead, we train the foliage to spread and improve production.
In Pancha’s vegetable garden, we harvest turmeric when the skin of the bulbs is well developed and ripe. We process the mature bulbs immediately after harvest.
How to preserve turmeric
The first thing to do when fresh turmeric arrives at your home is to keep it away from any source of heat. Ideally, it should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Another option is to keep it in the refrigerator but always in the least cold part of the fridge. If you keep them in the fridge, they should be kept in plastic film. This will prevent the turmeric from being impregnated with the aroma and flavour of other foods.
You can also choose to freeze it. To do this, cut it into several pieces. This way you can take out the amount you need each time. Freezing, thawing and refreezing is not a good idea. When you defrost it, you will see that the texture has become a little more doughy.
How to consume turmeric?
There are many ways of taking this spice in order to benefit from all the positive effects it brings to the body.
- Food spice: This is the most popular and widespread form of consumption. Simply sprinkle the ground root as a yellowish or orange powder on your dishes and food. Some popular turmeric recipes are: curry, turmeric rice and turmeric milk or golden milk.
- Turmeric tea: tea or infusion of this spice is very simple to prepare.
- Turmeric capsules: Turmeric capsules have long been common in the market as a food supplement. In these cases, it is best to consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for advice on the dosage to be taken, as this may vary from case to case. However, always adhere to the instructions on the package and never exceed the maximum dosage indicated on the package.
Properties of turmeric root
Turmeric has been used for centuries by all popular cultures in their traditional medicine, especially for the relief of various ailments, inflammations and infections.
Turmeric is a well-known neuroprotectant.which works against cognitive or memory defects. It is also a good analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric also has many other benefits: it is bactericidal, antiviral and healing.
In terms of other health benefits, turmeric is good for preventing cancer, induces cell death deep within individual cells, and according to some experts, eliminates the cells responsible for bladder and lung cancer.