- Turmeric is picked, cleaned, boiled, dried and polished before it is transported
It has a pungent, slightly bitter flavour and is used as the main ingredient in curries besides being a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb.
Related to ginger, turmeric is a kitchen spice in use for food and medicine for ages.
Andhra Pradesh is the leading state in producing turmeric followed by Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Kerala and Bihar.
The humble journey of this fine yellow power begins in the fields where well developed or split mother rhizomes are used for planting and treated before storing.
“The crop needs to be mulched immediately with green leaves or sugarcane trash.
Depending on the variety, the crop is ready for harvest in seven to nine months.
The land is ploughed and the rhizomes are gathered by hand picking or the clumps are carefully lifted with a spade.
Source: The Hindu