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Curcuma domestica Turmeric Bongkot Zingiberacea

Curcuma domestica, Turmeric, Zingiberacea, Bongkot


Curcuma domestica, Turmeric, Zingiberacea, Bongkot

It is grown for its bright orange rhizomes, which apart from their mildly spicy flavor are valued as a food coloring, providing a substitute for the very expensive saffron.
It is also used for dyeing cloth.
The broadly lance-shaped, bright green leaves can form large clumps up to about 3 ft (1 m) tall in hot areas.
Short, dense spikes of pale yellow flowers are produced in summer.
The fresh or dried roots provide color and pungent fragrance to chutneys, pickles and curries; it is harvested when the foliage begins to dry off .
Harvest turmeric rhizomes when leaves show signs of dying back.
Medical use: Rhizome used as cholagogue, choleretic, stomachic and anti-inflammation. Use as common cosmetic. Counters ezcema. and as funigcidal. Against itchiness. and scable, for wounds. For upset stomach in children.