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Curious
Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 7:34am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I harvested lots of turmeric from my garden today.

Does anyone have good receipes of what to do with it? I used it as part of a vegetable stew today, but am looking for more interesting ideas. I am also keen to know how to preserve it .
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I have never found any ways to incorporate more than a small amount of turmeric in a recipe. I add it to soup, stews, eggs, meatloaf, rice, quinoa and Indian style food. It can also be used to add a rich color to dishes, like rice. Of all the spices I use, this seems to require the least amount in a recipe before its flavor is too pronounced. Sorry, don't know about the harvesting.

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I've never used turmeric in any form than as a yellow powder from the spice section of the store. Is it a root like ginger?


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Tumeric is a beneficial for As like me and before I saw it in WF I only used the powder.
Recently they started selling the root.  It looks very similar to ginger root but, of course, more orange.

You're lucky because you can get it right from your garden.  I'm sure you know that it stains very easily.  Either on your hands or on the counter.  

I have cleaned the root and put it thinly sliced in salads.  It may bother some people to eat it in quantity but not me.  I also cleaned and thinly sliced the root and cooked it in olive oil with onions.  I put the tumeric root in first and let it cook awhile in the oil and add the sliced onions.
It makes a tasty side dish.

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check out (this is the correct one, thanks Curious!)

http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Turmeric

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That recipe for Chicken curry sounds scrumptious!  Have to tweak it a little but hey its all about the end result.

Tried to go to tumericastronomy.com site but it wouldn't bring it up.  I did click on
tumeric astronomy (you know how finicky the internet can be) and it gave me several subjects to click on.  I was interested to see what the 20 (whew that's quite alot I'd say) benefits of tumeric were.

I was not disappointed.  I'd say I will continue to use tumeric as often as I can.

Hope everyone who is able to take tumeric benefits greatly from it.  It is worth researching every avenue and that includes spices to help us on our quest for health.

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Joy, I made your side dish today for lunch - it tasted great. Thanks! It also enabled me to use quite a bit of tumeric (since I have lots).

The chicken receipe sounds great Niagreen, I'll have to give it a try.

The website is very informative, thanks Geminisue! I could not get into the side via your link, I think this link gets you there: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Turmeric

I know tumeric has lots of benefits, in particular for the liver and inflammation. I grow it because it is a beautiful plant and I like the bitter taste - and yes, it looks a bit like ginger.
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Glad you like it  

Fresh turmeric must make some amazing spice pastes with lemon grass and chillis.

My uncle in Indonesia makes a juice thing he drinks - swears by it for his health. He gets a really big bunch of turmeric and blends it all up, stores it in a big bottle and drinks a little glass of it everyday for 'my insides, to clean all my organs.'  He says it's good for the common 'acid stomach' and poor digestion.

A website said -
'It is a cholagogue, stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder. This improves the body's ability to digest fats.'

'This herb would be useful to follow up antibiotic treatments, in addition to acidophilus and garlic. It helps to improve the intestinal flora and acts as an anti-bacterial.
Another wonderful aspect of turmeric is its beneficial influence on the liver.Turmeric shares similar liver protectant compounds that milk thistle and artichoke leaves contain. It is said to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, so it can be useful to treat liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice. Turmeric can also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne, for it is a potent detoxifier.'


If you are into smoothies..

http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2009/02/09/the-weekly-detox-smoothie/


Enjoy  
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Niagreen,


Can you find out exactly how your uncle blends his "health juice" and if he adds anything else to it?  Sounds like something I'd like to have on hand.  I feel tumeric is fast becoming a stable for me and since I am trying to eat the fresh root as some ingredient daily in cooking I'd like to know how to have this on hand.

Much appreciation, when you get a chance.

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That is fantastic information - thanks Niagreen!
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Joy, I messaged my uncle yesterday and he said he just takes fresh turmeric and blends it together with water. He used to take this everyday but now he blends turmeric and fruits in his daily smoothie/blended fruit drink.

he said -
'Yes, it just Tumeric and water. If you don't like strong juice you just add more water. Well,take tumeric regularly it is good for the body. But not too much. As I told you I don't make tumeric juice like before but I blend it with some fruits. It keeps my body in good stamina. I don't feel that I'm tired. Tonight I want to make 2 tumerics and 2 kencurs with some fruits.'

kencur is galangal.

hope this helps
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I greatly appreciate you're getting that info, Niagreen, from your uncle.  I asked because I do feel that too much tumeric might be adverse in the body.  

So I probably will blend it with some other fruits.  I've been a longtime fan of acai which I get from WF in a four pack.  It is made with quaranta a sweetner that would offset the bitterness of too much tumeric.

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Thanks for your uncle's receipe Niagreen! I also have galangal in my garden (not yet harvested, but it should be ready), so I am going to try his receipe.
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A tasty garden you have Curious!

Turmeric is so versatile.
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Hi Joy and Curious,

I just recieved this another email about turmeric from my uncle -

'I forgot to tell you that after you blend tumeric with some water (to make the machine work easily not so hard). You sieve and boil it first. Then let it cool before you put it in a bottle. If you take tumeric regularly your skin becomes smooth and good for stomach, lowering cholesterol, stamina etc. I hope this information helps you well.'

(he seems very enthused about my newfound turmeric interest!)

I think it's the same as ginger - ok to put a thumb sized piece in a smoothie, but if making a tea it is boiled first.  

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some testimonials I found on the web -

'I was diagnosed with MS some 6 months back. I am from India – i started looking into various diet changes and looked into traditional healing herbs used in India. Turmeric is one of them – I have been consuming 1 spoon of raw turmeric powder every day for the last 1 month and I have seen amazing effect – all symptoms gone and energy level gone up. I don’t take any conventional medicine at all and don’t propose to use them ever!'

"I have been using Turmeric for my inflammation for 2 years now and swear by it. I have an autoimmune disease which causes a lot of inflammation. I take 1 tablespoon a day and it keeps my swelling way down.I am now goiter free and do not need thyroid removal surgery. If I go off of it the swelling picks back up and my goiter returns.I have taken it in capsule form or by mixing it with water and swallowing fast!"


ps. If you have digestive problems with taking lots of turmeric mix it with something that has oil in it which should help ease any discomfort. Indian people sometimes mix it with coconut milk and honey to make a tea
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Thanks Niagreen, for the update!

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I just recieved this another email about turmeric from my uncle -

'I forgot to tell you that after you blend tumeric with some water (to make the machine work easily not so hard). You sieve and boil it first. Then let it cool before you put it in a bottle. If you take tumeric regularly your skin becomes smooth and good for stomach, lowering cholesterol, stamina etc. I hope this information helps you well.'

You uncle sounds like a great person!

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Niagreen,

I'm really glad I decided to peruse the topics on the board and not just the latest posts as I usually do.  I'm sure it was on there but I must have missed it.

Like Curious I'm also glad for the update.  I made it several times with acai juice, apple, pineapple,
and a few other things.  It was a bit difficult to swallow a cup of it.  I don't think it did any harm but I just bought some more tumeric root and I plan to make another smoothie.

Let me see if I got this right.  Peel the tumeric root and mix with water in the blender to liquify.
Then boil it and let cool before you mix with other ingredients.

Is that right?

Kudos to your uncle for sharing this super tumeric tonic!  So glad to hear what its doing for you.

thanks again for sharing.


Joy
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Let me see if I got this right.  Peel the tumeric root and mix with water in the blender to liquify.
Then boil it and let cool before you mix with other ingredients.

Is that right?

Joy, I understood it differently: You peel the tumeric root, mix it with water in the blender to liquify, then boil it and let it cool (as you said). But then you fill it in a bottle and drink a bit of it daily.
If you mix it with other ingredients, I think you can just take the raw tumeric root.
That is how I understood it.
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I have never seen Tumeric root in the produce section of the grocery store.  Do you have to have the fresh root for this mixture to work?
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Joy, I understood it differently: You peel the tumeric root, mix it with water in the blender to liquify, then boil it and let it cool (as you said). But then you fill it in a bottle and drink a bit of it daily.
If you mix it with other ingredients, I think you can just take the raw tumeric root.
That is how I understood it.


Hiya joy and curious - Yes, this is how he makes his turmeric drink - he takes a big gulp of this mixture daily. he doesnt boil the turmeric he puts in his fruit smoothie.


ive only ever managed to get dry turneric here
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But the other day mum bought me some of the fresh root she found accidently - way to my heart! I made a spice space and cooked lamb in it - it was delicious but I went round to me friends house later in the day smelling potent! I stood on her doorstep waiting for her to answer the doorbells thinking 'wow, someone else on her road is cooking an indian this evening' its only when i got inside and my friend said 'curry' that I realised it was me!

Hi Kim - if you can only get the powdered turmeric you can use a pinch or so ... Up to 1tsp of turmeric in a cup if coconut milk and honey to make a tea. I'm sure this is good also.

Earth clinic . Com has a lots of testimonials about turmeric and its uses -
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Thanks Niagreen for confirming that.  

Kim, the WF I go to started carrying the tumeric root months ago.  That's when I got it.  I have the dry spice which I purchased from http://www.MySpiceSage.com.  They're prices are very reasonable, you can purchase it in small or large amounts, and the quality seems very high.  Also it appears to be fresh and not laying around for who knows how long.

I'm going to take a look at that site, Earth clinic.com.

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Thanks Niagreen for confirming that.  

Kim, the WF I go to started carrying the tumeric root months ago.  That's when I got it.  I have the dry spice which I purchased from http://www.MySpiceSage.com.  They're prices are very reasonable, you can purchase it in small or large amounts, and the quality seems very high.  Also it appears to be fresh and not laying around for who knows how long.

I'm going to take a look at that site, Earth clinic.com.

Joy


Thanks!  I will check out WF.
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