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Grow Your Own Unlimited Supply Of This Spice (It’s Wicked Easy To Do!)
If you had to pick just one spice to consume forever, which would it be? Garlic is a great one, true, and so is ginger, but we would have to pick turmeric. One of the healthiest spices in the world, this root spice has more than 600 preventative health benefits and those are only the ones we know about! Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial compounds that make this spice great for everyday use but its use as an anti-inflammatory that this spice really shines. Many studies have shown that this spice is every bit as powerful as an anti-inflammatory as ibuprofen.
Do you want to stop searching for, and paying for, turmeric at your local stores? Are you tired of paying high prices for organic, name brand turmeric but then you think about how good it is for you, you go ahead and suck it up and pay the piper?
Want to have all the fresh, organic turmeric you can use? So much so that you can give some to your family and friends? We are going to tell you exactly how you can do that. It is MUCH easier than you might think!
Turmeric is actually grown from rhizomes. If you are a gardener, then you know what we are talking about. If you aren’t, think of rhizomes as a long finger. Imagine that you could cut off a finger, or even half of a finger, and stick it in the dirt so that it grows a new plant and you get an idea about how rhizomes work.
Now the trick is to find a nice, fresh piece of turmeric. The bigger the rhizome, the better your chances of having one of your pieces take root. If you aren’t sure how fresh the turmeric root is that you buy from your local store, you can always buy a few large pieces online.
Take your large piece of turmeric and break it into two or three pieces. Get a large pot, or two, and fill it with rich, organic soil. The soil should be moist, but not soggy. Put your rhizomes about 2 inches below the surface with the buds facing the sky. Cover well but don’t press down too hard. Now water your buds.
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We want to talk for a bit about how to water your turmeric so that it grows and doesn’t rot. Turmeric loves water so keep it moist, especially if you live in a hot climate. Most people water their turmeric roots every other day. If you live in a colder climate or if it’s the winter months and not so hot, you might be able to cut back to twice a week. The trick here is to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Turmeric will rot if you let it sit in water. Your turmeric will also grow much faster if you give it some compost tea or give it a general all-purpose fertilizer once a month.
Your turmeric roots will grow a pretty little plant and while the leaves and stems are edible (you can make tea from them) it’s the roots that most people want. It will take between 8 and 10 months for your turmeric plant to mature. So for those of you who live in a very cold climate, plant your roots indoors around February or March, move outside after all danger of frost has passed, and then harvest just before the first frost or bring them inside for another month or so. Pull the entire plant up, roots and all. Harvest the roots you want, but keep two or three (or however many pots you want to start again) for replanting. You can dump the dirt from the pots out in the garden as your turmeric will have sucked up all the nutrients from the soil.
Keep your turmeric roots in a cold, dry place, such as a basement or outdoor shed. Plant the rhizomes you want to keep in the early spring once again. To use the roots as a spice, wash off the dirt and boil the roots for about 45 minutes. Allow them to dry in a cool, dark place for another week. Now put on some gloves and peel your roots. (Unless you would like bright yellow hands, wear gloves!) Afterwards, you can grind the roots or save them for slicing later on or use them anyway you like.
This ensures that you will have a continuous supply of turmeric on hand for just pennies. This same procedure can be repeated every year, over and over. Put a root in a pretty pot and give some away as gifts.
Enjoy your health and enjoy your organic turmeric!