Turmeric Powder (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family and grown not only for its beautiful foliage and unique flowers, but as a culinary spice and dye.
Known for its dramatic bold, foliage and flamboyant flowers, Curcuma longa is a fabulous tropical plant to add to your garden. The bright green pleated leaves grow to 3′ tall and starting in early September, colorful pinecone-like flowers will emerge nestled among the leaves.
Turmeric rhizomes (underground stems) are the source of a bright yellow-orange culinary spice (the main ingredient of curry powder) and as a dye. Turmeric is a superfood and is believed to have many medicinal benefits. The rhizomes can be boiled in water, dried, peeled and then ground. Turmeric is added to many Indian dishes and can be used instead of saffron to add color and flavor to rice. They are also used as bright yellow dye for textiles and paints.