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Curcuma zedoaria

White turmeric

Temu kuning

Zingiberaceae

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Curcuma zedoaria, White turmeric, Temu kuning

Zedoary (Curcuma zedoaria) is the name for a perennial herb and member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). The plant is native to India and Indonesia.
Zedoary is a rhizome that grows in tropical and subtropical wet forest regions. The fragrant plant bears yellow flowers with red and green bracts and the underground stem section is large and tuberous with numerous branches. The leaf shoots of the zedoary are long and can reach 1 metre (3 feet) in height.
The edible root of zedoary has a white interior and a fragrance reminiscent of mango, however its flavour is more similar to ginger, except with a very bitter aftertaste. In Indonesia it is ground to a powder and added to curry pastes, whereas in India it tends to be used fresh or pickled.
Zedoary is also used in some traditional eastern medicines where it is reputed to be an aid to digestion, a relief for colic and an agent for purifying the blood.
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