Sent as a root (rhizome) with new growth. A pretty looking tropical plant with large green leaves and beautiful white flowers on long stalks, the edible roots are also considered a brilliant health food. Harvest the roots by digging up the whole plant at the end of the summer growing season, and replant a piece. Or 'bandicoot' harvest by digging around the edges of the clump and removing a rhizome whenever you need one. Turmeric is best enjoyed heated, with oil, and black pepper, to activate the most benefits. Limit of 3 per customer please.
A Golden Milk recipe (can be changed to taste): 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 2 cups milk or soymilk, 2 teaspoons honey. Simmer all ingredients except for honey for a few minutes, strain, let cool a bit, add honey. Enjoy!
Full sun to part shade in well drained soil. Water during the summer months, and provide at least one application of organic fertiliser for maximum growth. Leaves die down in winter in the temperate zone to reshoot in the spring. Does not grow outdoors in frosty areas, but grows well indoors in a large pot in a sunny area.
Indoor plants may get mealy bugs - take outdoors for a week. You can also remove them by hand. It is best not to spray palms with white oil.