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kayrobbins January 12, 2016 03:13 PM

Turmeric
 
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I harvested my first turmeric this weekend and made my own turmeric powder. It was quiet a bit of work and I was afraid it would not make enough to be worth the effort but I ended up with a nice batch. The color and taste is so much better than the one I bought. The spoon on the left has the purchased spice and the one on the right is the one I made. I have some of the rhizomes in pots inside to see if I can get an early start on next year's crop but have saved the biggest ones to plant outside in the spring.

Worth1 January 12, 2016 03:19 PM

It looks fantastic.
I know what I do with it but what do you do with it.
It is a very underutilized spice in the US for the most part.


Worth

kayrobbins January 12, 2016 03:23 PM

It would almost be easier to tell you what I don't do with it. It has so many health benefits that it should be in everyone's diet. I use it as a poor man's saffron when I just want color in something like rice, I put it in smoothies, oatmeal, soups etc. I even found a recipe to make a dark chocolate candy with it. I have heard some people pickle it but I am not there yet.

How do you use it?

Worth1 January 12, 2016 03:30 PM

To make fried rice in BBQ rubs especially when I do lamb spices in certain sausages soups homemade curry powder you name it.
The stuff I by looks like it is between the stuff an the left and your powder, it is organic.

Worth

Worth1 January 12, 2016 03:33 PM

I want to add I detest store bought spice mixes and blends.:lol:

Worth

RobinB January 12, 2016 04:02 PM

I use so much turmeric root in smoothies mostly, but yes also for color in certain dishes, (and it really helps with joint pain,) I wonder if I could grow it here in my greenhouse. Interesting thought, I'll have to look it up.

KC.Sun January 12, 2016 04:08 PM

[QUOTE=RobinB;524938]I use so much turmeric root in smoothies mostly, but yes also for color in certain dishes, (and it really helps with joint pain,) I wonder if I could grow it here in my greenhouse. Interesting thought, I'll have to look it up.[/QUOTE]


We use it to make a tea. It works well to alleviate joint pain.

KC.Sun January 12, 2016 04:11 PM

[QUOTE=kayrobbins;524925]I harvested my first turmeric this weekend and made my own turmeric powder. It was quiet a bit of work and I was afraid it would not make enough to be worth the effort but I ended up with a nice batch. The color and taste is so much better than the one I bought. The spoon on the left has the purchased spice and the one on the right is the one I made. I have some of the rhizomes in pots inside to see if I can get an early start on next year's crop but have saved the biggest ones to plant outside in the spring.[/QUOTE]


What type of turmeric did you grow? I was looking for rhizomes a little while ago and found so many types, but didn't know which version to grow that would be best.

I found at least 3 types all sold from a grower in Hawaii.

RobinB January 12, 2016 04:35 PM

I absolutely love this stuff in tea:
[url]http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/ginger-turmeric-honey-bomb/[/url]

kayrobbins January 12, 2016 04:54 PM

I bought mine as a plant from a local herb farm. I did not want to call her to ask because I always end up in 2 hour conversations when I do I went to her Facebook page to find a post she had done and she had it listed as Curcuma Longa, Zingiberaceae.

If you have a grocery store that sells organic turmeric tubers you can just use that. Try to find one or two that have two or three eyes on them. It is not hard to grow but does take 7-10 months before you will get a harvest. It cannot survive a hard freeze but people in cold climates can dig up the rhizomes to store over winter.

kayrobbins January 12, 2016 04:58 PM

[QUOTE=RobinB;524944]I absolutely love this stuff in tea:
[url]http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/ginger-turmeric-honey-bomb/[/url][/QUOTE]

Thanks for that link. I added that to my yumprint cookbook. I need to add growing ginger to my spring garden list.

Worth1 January 12, 2016 05:04 PM

[QUOTE=kayrobbins;524951]Thanks for that link. I added that to my yumprint cookbook. [COLOR=Red] I need to add growing ginger to my spring garden list.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]

I cant believe your not growing it, fresh ginger is the bomb and make a cool house plant.:yes:
I cant believe I'm not growing it.:?

Worth

kayrobbins January 12, 2016 05:15 PM

I can't believe neither one of is growing it. That is going to be corrected. You should grow turmeric too because it would do well in your climate. I just wish horseradish would grow here.

Worth1 January 12, 2016 05:22 PM

I need to go to the store today I will pick up some ginger root and get it going.:yes:
It gets wee bit too cold here in the winter but I can get around it.

If one thing will get me out of the house it is being totally out of coffee.:lol:

Worth

KC.Sun January 12, 2016 05:36 PM

[QUOTE=RobinB;524944]I absolutely love this stuff in tea:
[url]http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/ginger-turmeric-honey-bomb/[/url][/QUOTE]

Wow!!!

Love it! Looks like desert:)

KC.Sun January 12, 2016 05:37 PM

[QUOTE=Worth1;524952]I cant believe your not growing it, fresh ginger is the bomb and make a cool house plant.:yes:
I cant believe I'm not growing it.:?

Worth[/QUOTE]

I tried growing ginger but kept killing it!

Young ginger is amazing.

FarmerShawn January 12, 2016 06:23 PM

I grew both ginger and turmeric last year with rhizomes from the Hawaiian source (Biker Dude). I grew it in my greenhouse here in northern Vermont (zone 4), and while the turmeric was close to not having enough time, I still got a credible crop. They both need plenty of fertility, and not too much water at first, then plenty of water later. I don't know what to do with the turmeric myself; it's just not in our diet historically. But it sold surprisingly well at the farmers market.

ChiliPeppa January 12, 2016 06:47 PM

Beautiful!

Worth1 January 12, 2016 08:34 PM

I got back from the store and I got a huge bag of ginger this way I wont eat it all.
And this is something very strange I have never seen turmeric in the store ever and I am an observant person.
Well milk the goat, right there where the peppers were where I always go and cant miss it was turmeric so I bought some to sprout.:yes::D

Worth

KC.Sun January 12, 2016 09:30 PM

[QUOTE=FarmerShawn;524976]I grew both ginger and turmeric last year with rhizomes from the Hawaiian source (Biker Dude). I grew it in my greenhouse here in northern Vermont (zone 4), and while the turmeric was close to not having enough time, I still got a credible crop. They both need plenty of fertility, and not too much water at first, then plenty of water later. I don't know what to do with the turmeric myself; it's just not in our diet historically. But it sold surprisingly well at the farmers market.[/QUOTE]

How much did you have to plant to yield a crop? I had maybe 1-2 pounds of ginger initially, but they rotted in the pot.

Worth1 January 12, 2016 10:18 PM

[QUOTE=KC.Sun;525017]How much did you have to plant to yield a crop? I had maybe 1-2 pounds of ginger initially, but they rotted in the pot.[/QUOTE]

This guy is worth watching he doesn't stammer.:roll:


[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkjrfzZTrA0[/url]

FarmerShawn January 13, 2016 10:56 AM

KC.Sun, I ordered a five pound sampler pack from Hawaii, which I split with a friend. We both followed directions and pre sprouted them in shallow trays, barely covered with potting soil, and kept warm and, as I recall, just slightly moist. I waited to transplant when I saw green shoots, but apparently all you need to see are the white sprout buds.

Worth1 January 14, 2016 09:44 PM

In another thread about my shade garden I mentioned a terrace on the hill.
I have decided that I will grow the ginger and turmeric there.
I will plant the stuff and rebuild the side of the terrace a bit later.
It should do fine as an under story plant and look nice with any luck.

Worth

JoParrott January 15, 2016 02:43 AM

After reading Kay's post I went to a local Asian market and found fresh Turmeric rhizomes- bought a bag and will try growing them in containers, since our winters here are way too cold. The flowers are really pretty.

Worth1 January 15, 2016 08:32 AM

[QUOTE=JoParrott;525475]After reading Kay's post I went to a local Asian market and found fresh Turmeric rhizomes- bought a bag and will try growing them in containers, since our winters here are way too cold. The flowers are really pretty.[/QUOTE]

I saw several videos where they grow them in the soil on farms.
I think the trick is to not water log them and make sure you only plant healthy rhizomes.


Worth

kayrobbins January 15, 2016 09:27 AM

The turmeric should do great planted in ground. Mine was in a 20 gallon pot and if it had been in something bigger or planted in ground I am sure my harvest would have been bigger.

I do have Lesser Galanga growing in ground and it is a huge plant. I want to get rid of that plant because it has no flavor and is taking up good growing space. When I think I have it all dug up it pops back up. The Greater Galanga is the one used in Thai cooking and I would like to grow it.

I go help out at my friends herb farm at least once a month and she always gives me different herbs in appreciation for the help. I take whatever she gives me and I have so many unusual herbs. I really need to do an inventory.

JoParrott January 15, 2016 06:33 PM

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Do these rhizomes look OK? They were all I could find at the Asian market. They don't look real fresh, but I just want to sprout them in containers. Kay, I tried to send the photo in a PM, but couldn't figure out how to attach it even in advanced.

kayrobbins January 15, 2016 06:57 PM

Some of the bigger ones look pretty good. I can't really tell if they have eyes but they probably do. I would not bother keeping the ones that are shriveled on the end and have black spots.

JoParrott January 15, 2016 07:12 PM

Thanks, Kay- I will get rid of the nasty looking ones and pamper the others.

Worth1 January 15, 2016 08:58 PM

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Here's my stuff it is covered in little sprouts.
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