Black Turmeric, Curcuma caesia, Organic
Black turmeric is native to Northeastern and Central India where it has been part of cultural ceremonies and medicinal remedies for centuries. It is a rare herb and as of 2016, was listed as an endangered species by the Indian Agricultural Department.
The turmeric plant grows to three feet and has beautiful oblong dark green leaves about five inches wide with a dark stripe down the middle. The translucent white, yellow and maroon spike-like flower stalks are so beautiful it’s worth growing turmeric just for the flowers let alone the other ornamental, culinary, nutritional and healing properties of Curcuma.
Black turmeric offers benefits similar to the orange variety, but the darker cultivar contains higher concentrations of curcumin than any other plant species. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The root has been used medicinally for centuries to treat arthritis, asthma, and epilepsy. Crushed black turmeric root can be applied to bruises and sprains to ease discomfort or applied to the forehead to help relieve symptoms of migraines. The characteristic pungent smell of the rhizome is due to the presence of essential oil rich in camphor.
Black turmeric grows well in a wide range of soils in a warm humid climate and prefers partial sun in warmer zones. Grow turmeric as annual in climates colder than zone 8, or a winter hardy perennial in zones 8 and higher. Turmeric is also easily grown in a container and moved to protection for those who wish to grow as a perennial in climates colder than zone 8. Turmeric grows best with morning sun, some afternoon shade and moist soil that has been amended with organic matter. Turmeric prolifically produces rhizomes that are ready for harvest in late fall or early winter. It's easy to know when to harvest your turmeric root as it's ready when the leaves die back and the plant goes dormant. As a perennial, turmeric dies back during winter freezes but will return reliably in late spring. There are no serious insect or disease problems with Curcuma caesia. It's an easy and reliable grower!
With its tropical foliage, showy flowers, and many other important benefits, black turmeric is a beautiful, easy and very useful addition to any garden.
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- All of our plants are grown in various amounts of shade; therefore, your plants will require a slow introduction into appropriate amounts of sun.
- In most cases your plants will benefit from providing an environment of enhanced humidity upon arrival until root function has normalized.
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