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Whether pronounced 'termeric' or 'tewmeric' ... it's a great spice.

Quietly growing away since November 2017 and dug up yesterday. I was very surprised to find the whole crop was 8.5 kilos. And with the fattest 'fingers' I've grown.

The particular variety is known as 'orange' to distinguish it from the 'yellow' rhizome, which is much favoured so I'm told, by Indian cooks. I don't know its correct varietal name so 'orange' it is.

The plants ready to harvest:

The fattest fingers:

About 3 kilos went to eating: washed and cut up into meal-sized pieces then frozen in a ziploc bag. And nearly 5 kilos were juiced and put into serving-sized ziploc bags (whatever did we do without them?):

Around 2.5L of juice with the pulp going back on the garden from whence came the plants. It's good to replace the nutrients which came from the soil with the exact nutrients taken by the plants. Will need to add minerals and Gypsum too before another crop can go into that wicking bed.

A 'one off' experience, dealing with so much Turmeric which needed to be washed, dried, picked over and packed. Next time plant 4 pieces not 12!

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 9, 2018 at 21:30

Well done Elaines!

Comment by Cathie MacLean on July 9, 2018 at 19:02

Woohoo... Great looking turmeric. Much bigger than mine and very orange. Lovely.

Comment by Dave Riley on July 9, 2018 at 15:07

Your post made me dig up mine...and I was mightily surprised.

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